Pronunciation: (pā'tru-nīz", pa'-),[key] —v.t.,-ized, -iz•ing. 1. to give (a store, restaurant, hotel, etc.) one's regular patronage; trade with.
2. to behave in an offensively condescending manner toward: a professor who patonizes his students. 3. to act as a patron toward (an artist, institution, etc.); support. Also,esp. Brit.,pa'tron•ise".