The state of being a member of a group or organization.
The body of members of an organization.
- He has memberships in clubs in three cities.
(set theory) The fact of being a member of a set.
- The memberships of the state chapters elect delegates to the national convention.
* membership card
* membership function
The act of providing approval and support; backing; championship.
Customers collectively; clientele; business.
- His vigorous patronage of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives.
A communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient; condescension; disdain.
(politics) Granting favours or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support.
Guardianship, as of a saint; tutelary care.
- The restaurant had an upper class patronage .
The right of nomination to political office.
(UK, legal) The right of presentation to church or ecclesiastical benefice; advowson.
To support by being a patron of.
* 2003 , Hubert Michael Seiwert, Popular Religious Movements and Heterodox Sects in Chinese History , BRILL, ISBN 9789004131460, [http://books.google.com/books?id=Xg-gcQq1TGQC&pg=PA62&dq=patronaged page 62]:
* 2004 , C.K. Gandhirajan, Organized Crime , APH Publishing Corporation, ISBN 978-81-7648-481-7, [http://books.google.com/books?id=ohyhsmWmelAC&pg=PA147&dq=patronaged page 147]:
- Mingdi continued the policy of his father who had patronaged Confucian learning.
* 2007 , Stefaan Fiers and Ineke Secker, “A Career through the Party”, chapter 6 of Maurizio Cotta and Heinrich Best (editors), Democratic Representation in Europe , Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-923420-2, [http://books.google.com/books?id=EtetpwF-xHMC&pg=PA138&dq=patronaged page 138]:
- Table 5.4 reveals the role of criminal gangs’ patron under each crime category. From this, we can understand that 74 percent of the mercenaries are patronaged and supported by the politicians either of the ruling or opposition party.
To be a regular customer or client of; to patronize; to patronise; to support; to keep going.
* in The Primary Teacher (magazine), Volume III, Number ??, New-England Publishing Company, [http://books.google.com/books?id=sxgVAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA33&dq=patronaged page 63]:
- To summarize: a person with a party political background is thus defined as ‘a person that has served in (a) and/or (b) a non-elective position inside the party administration of patronaged position in another organisation, i.e. the political functionary ’.
* 1902 May, in Oregon Poultry Journal , [http://books.google.com/books?id=flRMAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA27&dq=patronage page 27]:
- This house is largely patronaged by the professors and students of many of the Educational Institutions of New England and the Middle States; and all perons visiting New York, either for business or pleasure, will find this an excellent place at which to stop.
* 2002 , Kevin Fox Gotham, Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development , SUNY Press, ISBN 978-0-7914-5377-3, [http://books.google.com/books?id=CRG0QOEw9wAC&pg=PA28&dq=patronaged page 28]:
- Mr. F. A. Welch, of the Oak View Poultry Farm, Salem, starts an add with us this issue. Our readers will be treated well, if they patronage Mr. Welch.
- Most public establishments catered to Blacks, and Whites actively patronaged some black-owned businesses (Martin 1982, 6, 9–11; Slingsby 1980, 31–32).