Noun(1) the act of providing approval and support(2) customers collectively(3) a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient(4) (politics(5) the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers
Verb(1) support by being a patron of(2) be a regular customer or client of
(1) A picket outside the casino earlier this month attracted about 80 people and resulted in a loss of patronage .(2) Your support and ongoing patronage is very much appreciated.(3) In the past the civil service was used as an employment office for political patronage .(4) But like all service industries, whether subsidised or not, its ultimate survival depends on patronage .(5) Exploration, however, depended upon private patronage despite theorists imploring that maritime expansionism should be state-sponsored.(6) Evidence of this philanthropic attitude can be seen all over this country in the very large number of Victorian public buildings built with private patronage .(7) recruits are selected on merit, not through political patronage(8) The crowning reform in Britain in the 1850s was the abolition of appointment by political patronage in favour of competitive examination.(9) Instead patronage increased only at a rate of between 2 and 4 percent annually.(10) Without the patronage of readers like you at home, none of this would be possible.(11) She dominated the distribution of court patronage and her political influence increased as the years progressed.(12) to be under someone's patronage(13) Two decisions, both reeking of political patronage , were most important in influencing the control of Australia's media.(14) The rows of motorbikes parked in front of the toddy shop betrays its large patronage among the yuppie crowd.(15) Ancient assemblies such as the House of Lords are predicated on men's power, patronage and personal dominion.(16) Imperial authorities also used their powers of patronage or appointment, the mechanisms of taxation, and the provision of public works, to the same end.