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verb patronize pronunciation in American English /ˈpeɪtrənaɪz/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepatronizing
past tensepatronized
past participlepatronized
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] showing disapproval to behave or talk in a way that shows you think you are more intelligent or important than someone else
  2. 2
    [transitive] formal to use a restaurant, bar, or other business
    a good city restaurant patronized by loyal customers


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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