What does the word patronize mean?

Usage examples for patronize

  1. Our arrival created quite a sensation for, as a rule, Blackburn Hillites did not patronize Enderly Road functions. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  2. He did not patronize her. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  3. I think she wants to patronize me. – The Main Chance by Meredith Nicholson