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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

      adj : having patronage or clients; "street full of flourishing
            well-patronized shops" [syn: patronised] [ant: unpatronized]