1. [ noun ] the act of providing approval and support
Synonyms: backing backup championship

"his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives"

Related terms: blessing support back
2. [ noun ] (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support
Related terms: social_control nomenklatura politics
3. [ noun ] a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
Synonyms: disdain condescension
Related terms: disparagement patronize
4. [ noun ] customers collectively
Synonyms: business clientele

"they have an upper class clientele"

Related terms: people patronize
5. [ verb ] be a regular customer or client of
Synonyms: support keep_going patronise patronize

"We patronize this store" "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"

Related terms: foster run_on patron patron
6. [ verb ] support by being a patron of
Related terms: sustain
7. [ noun ] (business) the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers
Synonyms: trade

: "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"

Related terms: business custom patronize
Similar spelling:   patron