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 (pā′trə-nīz′, păt′rə-)
tr.v. pa·tron·ized, pa·tron·iz·ing, pa·tron·iz·es
1. To act as a patron to; support or sponsor: donors who patronize the orchestra.
2. To go to as a customer, especially on a regular basis: We patronize the local diner.
3. To treat in a condescending manner, often in showing interest or kindness that is insincere: felt she was being patronized by her supervisor.

pa′tron·i·za′tion (-trə-nĭ-zā′shən) n.
pa′tron·iz′ing·ly adv.


(ˌpætrənaɪˈzeɪʃən) or


1. the act of being a patron or supporter
2. the fact of patronizing or being patronized; condescension
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1. Aid or support given by a patron:
aegis, auspice (often used in plural), backing, patronage, sponsorship.
2. Superciliously indulgent treatment, especially of those considered inferior:
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Kuwait -- Under His Highness the Amir's patronization, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah inaugurates the 8th international fair for inventions in the Middle East.
He sought patronization of the government for the players who have potential to achieve more successes for the country.
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In a speech, the college head voiced his appreciation for Prince Faisal due his patronization of the ceremony , where officers from Jordan's Armed Forces, in addition to counterparts representing 15 Arab and foreign countries took part in the event.
Chamoun's words came during his patronization of a popular ceremony organized by his Party in commemoration of the Lebanese civil war held at "Quality Inn" Hotel in Tripoli under the headline: April 2015 - Tripoli a City of Coexistence.
All such people enjoy full support and patronization from the neighboring hostile countries particularly from India.
And how much has that short-term patronization cost us as a nation in terms of long-term viability?
Riyadh, Dhu-AlHijjah 27, 1435, Oct 21, 2014, SPA -- Participants in the 4th International Conference on Disability and Rehabilitation, which concluded here this evening, forwarded thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for his patronization of the conference and to Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, for opening the conference and giving away Prince Salman Prize for Disability Research to winners.
It may do the same thing as other businesses online but it has a system that many find effective - thus the wider reach and strong patronization.
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Ehrlich was not in the least being belittling by raising the question about the 'Palestinian Gandhi' but responding to the patronization of others.
For the record: badgering, patronization, and belittling are not good ways to approach people with depression.