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 for patronage
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Patronage \Pa"tron*age\, n. [F. patronage. Cf. LL. patronaticum,
     and L. patronatus.]
     1. Special countenance or support; favor, encouragement, or
        aid, afforded to a person or a work; as, the patronage of
        letters; patronage given to an author.
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     2. Business custom. [Commercial Cant]
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     3. Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care. --Addison.
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     4. The right of nomination to political office; also, the
        offices, contracts, honors, etc., which a public officer
        may bestow by favor.
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     5. (Eng. Law) The right of presentation to church or
        ecclesiastical benefice; advowson. --Blackstone.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Patronage \Pa"tron*age\, v. t.
     To act as a patron of; to maintain; to defend. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  patronage
      n 1: the act of providing approval and support; "his vigorous
           backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with
           progressives" [syn: backing, backup, championship,
           patronage]
      2: customers collectively; "they have an upper class clientele"
         [syn: clientele, patronage, business]
      3: a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing
         the recipient [syn: condescension, disdain, patronage]
      4: (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making
         appointments to office in return for political support
      5: the business given to a commercial establishment by its
         customers; "even before noon there was a considerable
         patronage" [syn: trade, patronage]
      v 1: support by being a patron of
      2: 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: patronize, patronise, patronage,
         support, keep going]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  104 Moby Thesaurus words for "patronage":
     abetment, administration, advocacy, advocating, advocation, aegis,
     aid, auspices, backing, benefaction, bias, boosting, business,
     care, carriage trade, certificate of character, championship,
     character, character reference, charge, charity, clientage,
     clientele, condescension, contempt, contumely, countenance,
     credential, cure, custodianship, custody, custom, deigning,
     disdain, encouragement, favor, favoritism, favors of office,
     financing, fosterage, good name, goodwill, governance, government,
     guardianship, guidance, hands, help, humiliation, interest,
     jurisdiction, keeping, letter of introduction, management, market,
     melon, ministry, nepotism, oversight, partiality, pastorage,
     pastorate, pastorship, patronizing, plum, political patronage,
     pork, pork barrel, pork-barreling, preference, promotion,
     protection, protectorship, public, purchasing public, recommend,
     recommendation, reference, repute, rural market, safe hands, scorn,
     seconding, spoils system, sponsorship, stewardship, stooping,
     subsidy, suburban market, superiority, support, sympathy,
     testimonial, trade, trading, traffic, tutelage, voucher, ward,
     wardenship, wardship, watch and ward, wing, youth market
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PATRONAGE. The right of appointing to office; as the patronage of the 
  president of the United States, if abused, may endanger the liberties of the 
  people. 
       2. In the ecclesiastical law, it signifies the right of presentation to 
  a church or ecclesiastical benefice. 2 Bl. Com. 21. 
  
  

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