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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.
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(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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Al-Khatib pointed out that Prince Khalid Al-Faisal's patronization of the Okaz Souk ceremony comes as a part of his interest in poetry, culture, creativity and Arab and Islamic civilization, in addition to his efforts to establish, patronize and promote Okaz Souk in the past years.
Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh, on this occasion, said that helpless children are important part of our society and they deserved full patronization from govt and private sector.
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Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said on Sunday that the government's patronization in further spreading the spirit of 'Baul' songs would continue to remain as the core essence of the songs depicts non-communal spirit, reports BSS.
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He further said that the some elements in LEAs are supporting the corrupt police officials in the department and the suspension of a station house officer (SHO) in his involvement in patronization of criminal elements recently is an open evidence of this.
'If we going through the Sufi poetry we also find deep vivid touches of these drumbeaters who were recognise as central party of any festivity and ritual.' A National College of Arts professor seeking anonymity expressed regret that the pure form of the art was diminishing and the government so far failed to take any step towards its patronization. The situation is, he said, quite different in India's Punjab where multiple programmes were launched by the government to protect rich culture of Punjab.
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Earlier, political patronization was the only known criteria in issuing bus route permits.