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verb patronize pronunciation in British English /ˈpætrənaɪz/
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, hotel, or other business
    a good city pub patronized by loyal regulars


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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