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Patronize

WordmeaningPatronize (pat-ron-ize) A verb originating from the British word, “patron” meaning supporter, guardian, or protector. During the late 1500s, the word “patron” derived to include the addition of “ize” meaning exchange one’s regular support, encouragement, help, financial aid, or privilege to a store, hotel, restaurant, institution etc. and/or otherwise act as a patron, supporter, guardian, protector, etc. The negative aspects of patronize which encompass a behavior which is offensive or significantly condescending, originated during 1797.

Ex. Frequently patronize the library with your kids just don’t patronize people.