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patronize

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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patronizepat‧ron‧ize (also patronise British English) /ˈpætrənaɪz $ ˈpeɪ-, ˈpæ-/ verb [transitive]  1 TALK TO somebodyto talk to someone in a way which seems friendly but shows that you think they are not as intelligent or do not know as much as you Don’t patronize me! The program focuses on kids’ interests without patronizing them.2 formalDB to use or visit a shop, restaurant etc3 SUPPORT A PERSON, GROUP, OR PLANto support or give money to an organization or activity
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patronizeIt's nice to work without being patronized.East Berliners feel they are patronized and their western cousins complain they are stuck with the bills for reunification.Kid's don't like to be patronized any more than adults do.It's a charming little restaurant which is mostly patronized by locals.She's almost 90, but she gets very annoyed with anyone who tries to patronize her.Just because you're older than me, it doesn't give you the right to patronize me.We thus had a perfect relationship: each of us felt that he could patronize the other.We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taking form so far below ourselves.
From Longman Business Dictionarypatronizepat‧ron‧ize /ˈpætrənaɪzˈpeɪ-, ˈpæ-/ (also patronise British English) verb [transitive]1American EnglishCOMMERCE to use or visit a particular shop, restaurant, hotel etcMany homosexuals patronize gay-owned companies simply because they feel more comfortable there.2to speak to someone in a way that suggests that they are not as intelligent as youThe agency has a reputation for patronizing clients who don’t agree with its creative ideas.3to support or give money to an organization or activityThe State patronizes the arts by designating ten thousand Kuwaiti Dinars annually for the selection and purchase of paintings by Kuwaiti artists.patronizing (also patronising British English) adjectiveIt’s patronizing not to expect women to fulfill a contract just because they have childcare responsibilities.→ See Verb table
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Verb table
patronize
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theypatronize
he, she, itpatronizes
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theypatronized
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave patronized
he, she, ithas patronized
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad patronized
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill patronize
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have patronized
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam patronizing
he, she, itis patronizing
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you, we, theyare patronizing
Past
I, he, she, itwas patronizing
you, we, theywere patronizing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been patronizing
he, she, ithas been patronizing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been patronizing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be patronizing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been patronizing
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