|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|
|Related terms:||disparagement patronize|
|4.||[ noun ] customers collectively|
"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|
|7.||[ noun ] (business) the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers|
: "even before noon there was a considerable patronage"
|Related terms:||business custom patronize|