- a direct pecuniary aid furnished by a government to a private industrial undertaking, a charity organization, or the like.
- a sum paid, often in accordance with a treaty, by one government to another to secure some service in return.
- a grant or contribution of money.
- money formerly granted by the English Parliament to the crown for special needs.
Origin of subsidy
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Examples from the Web for subsidies
In the states that have set up exchanges—a roster that includes most of the larger states—the subsidies would continue.The GOP Could Make Obama Kill Obamacare
November 10, 2014
Changes in the level of subsidies and feed-in tariffs can put a damper on activity.It’s Always Sunny In England
The Daily Beast
September 17, 2014
Cuba lost $13 billion a year in subsidies and export sales with the fall of the Soviet Union.Obama Should End America’s Stupidest Foreign Policy: Isolating Cuba
February 26, 2014
A population with an ever- increasing dependence on government in the form of entitlements and subsidies.Could George W. Bush Be The Last Republican President?
January 27, 2014
The wealthy arrange to get all kinds of subsidies, while the working class and the poor struggle to survive.Vatican Science on Christmas and Creationism
December 22, 2013
All that was clear was their inordinate appetite for subsidies.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
What reparations, and subsidies, and contributions he is put to, besides his rent!Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions
Negociations for subsidies were set on foot with Venice, Holland, and England.The Thirty Years War, Complete
What does he care for us, if only the Queen doesn't get angry and withdraw the subsidies?The Burgomaster's Wife, Complete
The subsidies were for five years and took the form of cash and coffee.All About Coffee
William H. Ukers
- a financial aid supplied by a government, as to industry, for reasons of public welfare, the balance of payments, etc
- English history a financial grant made originally for special purposes by Parliament to the Crown
- any monetary contribution, grant, or aid
Word Origin and History for subsidies
A grant made by a government to some individual or business in order to maintain an acceptable standard of living or to stimulate economic growth.