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patronize

pa·tron·ize

patronize

 
pronunciation:
peI tr naIz [or] pae tr naIz
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part of speech: verb
inflections: patronized, patronizes, patronizing
definition 1: to shop at or use the services of regularly.
Business is good because many people patronize the store.
similar words:
visit
definition 2: to serve as one who supports with money or in other ways.
She has long patronized the local theater group.
synonyms:
back, sponsor
similar words:
assist, befriend, cultivate, finance, fund, help, promote, support
derivation: patronizer (n.)
Word Parts
The word patronize contains the following part:
patr, patri, pater Latin root that means father, fatherland
synonyms:
matr, matri, mater