• WordNet 3.6
    • v patronise be a regular customer or client of "We patronize this store","Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
    • v patronise treat condescendingly
    • v patronise assume sponsorship of
    • v patronise do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Patronise to act as a patron toward: to give countenance or encouragement to: to assume the air of a patron towards
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. patronuspater, patris, a father.


In literature:

He was very busy, very important, very patronising.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
She only shrugged her shoulders, and then stroked Olive's arm with a patronising air.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
Rose found his patronising, tutor-like manner intolerable.
"Good Old Anna" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
He seems to patronise just those two.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
But if the librarian or collector patronises shams, he should at least do it with his eyes open, and with due counting of the cost.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
Wildney was walking with his cousin, a beautiful girl, some four years older than himself, whom he was evidently patronising immensely.
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
The introduction took place, and there was a sort of patronising air on the gentleman's part, which I did not approve of.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Fancy any of these trumpery people patronising Graeme!
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
I am a magistrate, and, of course, cannot patronise the thing very openly, yet I sometimes see a prize-fight.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
At first she was made much of, in an offensively patronising manner.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad

In science:

The transmission of electric power by means of an a.c. circuit, invented by Nicola Tesla and patronised by George Westinghouse was more efficient, but Edison had patented a system of distribution of electric power based on d.c. circuits.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age