Definitions

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  • v. To support; to patronize.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To support; to patronize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To patronize; countenance.

Etymologies

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Latin patrocinatus, past participle of patrocinari to patronize.

Examples

  • For the more expedient doing whereof, these diabolical ministers make both the pleading parties believe that their cause is just and righteous; for it is well known that there is no cause, how bad soever, which doth not find an advocate to patrocinate and defend it, — else would there be no process in the world, no suits at law, nor pleadings at the bar.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • But preach it up, and patrocinate it, prattle on it, and defend it as much as you will, even from hence to the next Whitsuntide, if you please so to do, yet in the end you will be astonished to find how you shall have gained no ground at all upon me, nor persuaded me by your fair speeches and smooth talk to enter never so little into the thraldom of debt.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • For the more expedient doing whereof, these diabolical ministers make both the pleading parties believe that their cause is just and righteous; for it is well known that there is no cause, how bad soever, which doth not find an advocate to patrocinate and defend it, -- else would there be no process in the world, no suits at law, nor pleadings at the bar.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 3

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  • Success is often a toss of fate

    For politicians who oscillate.

    Observers may savor

    A fortunate waver

    As willingness to patrocinate.

    May 8, 2017