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[suhb-si-dahyz] /ˈsʌb sɪˌdaɪz/
verb (used with object), subsidized, subsidizing.
to furnish or aid with a subsidy.
to purchase the assistance of by the payment of a subsidy.
to secure the cooperation of by bribery; buy over.
Also, especially British, subsidise.
Origin of subsidize
First recorded in 1785-95; subsid(y) + -ize
Related forms
subsidizable, adjective
subsidization, noun
subsidizer, noun
desubsidization, noun
desubsidize, verb (used with object), desubsidized, desubsidizing.
nonsubsidized, adjective
unsubsidized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for subsidise
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  • Someone has said that the British Government might subsidise the Church, and so buy her off.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • No rich man has yet proposed to found, endow, or subsidise such a theatre.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
  • We discuss matters on the doorstep; if he looks ill I have pity on him, and subsidise him.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
  • Kit was a baker, and did earn wages; but he utterly refused to subsidise the patriotism of his father.

    The Landleaguers

    Anthony Trollope
  • The Indian peasants groaned under the burden of taxes imposed to subsidise a horde of functionaries.

  • That he was anxious we have seen, by his attempts to subsidise his literary gains by a Government office.


    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for subsidise


verb (transitive)
to aid or support with a subsidy
to obtain the aid of by means of a subsidy
Derived Forms
subsidizable, subsidisable, adjective
subsidization, subsidisation, noun
subsidizer, subsidiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for subsidise

chiefly British English spelling of subsidize. For suffix, see -ize. Related: Subsidised; subsidising.



1795, from subsidy + -ize. Originally "to pay to hire" (mercenaries, foreign troops, etc.), also of nations, "to buy neutrality or alliance." Meaning "to bribe" is from 1815. Meaning "to support by grants of (often government) money" is from 1828. Related: Subsidized; subsidizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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