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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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  • The municipalities were to promote their creation and to subsidize them.

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • And thenwhat did he subsidize these gunmen for if not for such an emergency as this?

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • Do you think that in the world we live in one can subsidize a Divinity, a first-class one, for that price?

    The Surprises of Life Georges Clemenceau
  • Men buy and sell their millions, subsidize states, and raise loans in dens dark and dismal enough to be prison-cells.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • It is unpromising enough outside, but there is wealth within to subsidize a kingdom.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
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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