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PATRON, eccl. law. He who has the disposition and gift of an ecclesiastical benefice. In the Roman law it signified the former master of a freedman. Dig. 2, 4, 8, 1.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'Pito is healthy, and it can fight malaria, so everyone should patronise it,' she said.
'As the president said in his 2017 budget speech, we must grow what we eat and we must use what we make, we must patronise made-in-Nigeria products to encourage local production,' Osinbajo said.
'And again, even if the Federal Government wants to patronise non-indigenous engineers, it should employ indigenous engineers to learn from them and by doing this, it will serve as empowerment for them.
If His Majesty should patronise this project there are many local financial sponsors who would be only too willing to open their moneybags to make it happen, explained the Al Mahmeed.
It is to be noted that HRH Princess Sabeeka has patronises the graduation ceremony of SHGS for the fourth year in a row.