patronage

patronage
patronage pat‧ron‧age [ˈpætrənɪdʒ] noun [uncountable]
1. COMMERCE the support a customer gives a shop, restaurant etc by spending money there:

• What will prevent the customer from shifting his patronage to someone else?

2. the support given to an organization, charity etc by a patron, especially financial support:

• We hope that the new law will encourage private patronage of the arts.

3. disapproving a system in which someone in authority helps people get important positions, jobs etc in return for their support:

• The study found that promotions were based on patronage.

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patronage UK US /ˈpætrənɪdʒ/, /ˈpeɪtrənɪdʒ/ noun [U]
COMMERCE the business given to a shop, restaurant, hotel, etc. by its customers: »

Many wealthy Japanese have shifted their patronage to the new Western luxury hotels.

support given to a public organization, especially by giving money: »

The company is famous for its arts patronage.

DISAPPROVING a situation in which a person gives someone an important job or position in return for their support: »

They plan to abolish patronage and place the appointment of senior law officers in the hands of an independent appointments board.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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