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subsidy

[suhb-si-dee] /ˈsʌb sɪ di/
noun, plural subsidies.
1.
a direct pecuniary aid furnished by a government to a private industrial undertaking, a charity organization, or the like.
2.
a sum paid, often in accordance with a treaty, by one government to another to secure some service in return.
3.
a grant or contribution of money.
4.
money formerly granted by the English Parliament to the crown for special needs.
Origin of subsidy
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English subsidie < Anglo-French < Latin subsidium auxiliary force, reserve, help, equivalent to sub- sub- + sid-, combining form of sedēre to sit1 + -ium -ium
Related forms
antisubsidy, noun, plural antisubsidies.
nonsubsidy, noun, plural nonsubsidies.
Synonyms
1. Subsidy, subvention are both grants of money, especially governmental, to aid private undertakings. A subsidy is usually given to promote commercial enterprise: a subsidy to manufacturers during a war. A subvention is usually a grant to stimulate enterprises connected with science and the arts: a subvention to a research chemist by a major company.
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  • The man who is honest in his dealings with his fellowman has a subsidy which money cannot buy.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • But they followed their old habits when the year had expired and the subsidy ceased.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • On the 29th the crown debts were alleged as a reason for demanding a subsidy.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • Prussia had agreed in the spring to accept an English subsidy.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • It is ten years since I had a subsidy, in all which time I have been sparing to trouble you.

    Charles I Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for subsidy

subsidy

/ˈsʌbsɪdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
a financial aid supplied by a government, as to industry, for reasons of public welfare, the balance of payments, etc
2.
(English history) a financial grant made originally for special purposes by Parliament to the Crown
3.
any monetary contribution, grant, or aid
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-Norman subsidie, from Latin subsidium assistance, from subsidēre to remain, from sub- down + sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for subsidy
n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French subsidie, from Old French subside "help, aid, contribution," from Latin subsidium "help, aid, assistance, (military) reinforcements," from sub "behind, near" (see sub-) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary).

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subsidy in Culture

subsidy definition


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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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