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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pa·tron·ize /ˈpetrəˌnaɪz, ˈpæ-/
 (vt.)保護,支援,贊助,庇護,惠顧

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pa·tron·ize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Patronized p. pr. & vb. n. Patronizing ]
 1. To act as patron toward; to support; to countenance; to favor; to aid.
    The idea has been patronized by two States only.   --A. Hamilton.
 2. To trade with customarily; to frequent as a customer. [Commercial Cant]
 3. To assume the air of a patron, or of a superior and protector, toward; -- used in an unfavorable sense; as, to patronize one's equals.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 patronize
      v 1: assume sponsorship of [syn: sponsor, patronise]
      2: do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or
         client of [syn: patronise, shop, shop at, buy at,
         frequent, sponsor] [ant: boycott, boycott]
      3: treat condescendingly [syn: patronise, condescend]
      4: be a regular customer or client of; "We patronize this
         store"; "Our sponsor kept our art studio going for as long
         as he could" [syn: patronise, patronage, support, keep
         going]