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English noun: patronage

1. patronage (act) the act of providing approval and support

SamplesHis vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives.

Synonymsbacking, backup, championship

Broader (hypernym)approval, approving, blessing

2. patronage (group) customers collectively

SamplesThey have an upper class clientele.

Synonymsbusiness, clientele

Broader (hypernym)people

3. patronage (communication) a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient

Synonymscondescension, disdain

Broader (hypernym)depreciation, derogation, disparagement

4. patronage (act) (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support

Broader (hypernym)social control

Narrower (hyponym)nomenklatura

Domain categorygovernment, political science, politics

5. patronage (act) the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers

SamplesEven before noon there was a considerable patronage.


Broader (hypernym)business

Narrower (hyponym)custom

English verb: patronage

1. patronage (consumption) support by being a patron of

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)keep, maintain, sustain

2. patronage (communication) be a regular customer or client of

SamplesWe patronize this store.
Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could.

Synonymskeep going, patronise, patronize, support

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)foster, nurture

Verb groupkeep going, run on

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