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Noun patronage has 5 senses
  1. backing, backup, championship, patronage - the act of providing approval and support; "his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives"
    --1 is a kind of blessing, approval, approving
  2. clientele, patronage, business - customers collectively; "they have an upper class clientele"
    --2 is a kind of people
    Derived form: verb patronage2
  3. condescension, disdain, patronage - a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
    --3 is a kind of disparagement, depreciation, derogation
  4. patronage - (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support
    --4 is a kind of
    social control
    --4 has particulars: nomenklatura
    Derived form: verb patronage1
  5. trade, patronage - the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers; "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"
    --5 is a kind of business
    --5 has particulars: custom
    Derived form: verb patronage2
Verb patronage has 2 senses
  1. patronage - support by being a patron of
    --1 is one way to
    sustain, keep, maintain
    Derived form: noun patronage4
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
    Something ----s something
  2. patronize, patronise, patronage, support, keep going - be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long as he could"
    --2 is one way to foster, nurture
    Derived forms: noun patronage5, noun patronage2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
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