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Usage: "Patronize me, please, and donate two dollars to this fund."
patronize Hilton Hotels, but probably not a bank, and certainly not a hospital.)
(2) To treat as inferior, look down on, to let it be known that you consider someone to fall below what you perceive as your own high/fine intelligence, behavior, manners, etc.
Usage: (Both definitions, the first meant, the second not meant.) Sign left on a restaurant table by a group of demanding/obnoxious/snotty diners: "You have been patronized by ... .")
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