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