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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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  • She knew vaguely that her father had done a good deal to subsidize these relations.

    The Testing of Diana Mallory Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The municipalities were to promote their creation and to subsidize them.

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • I have actually to subsidize a masseuse to live round the corner, and she cheeks me all the time.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • And thenwhat did he subsidize these gunmen for if not for such an emergency as this?

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • Another is for a few people of means to subsidize a magazine for the exhaustive criticism of contemporary work for a few years.

    Mankind in the Making H. G. Wells
British Dictionary definitions for subsidize


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 subsidize

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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