- 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 subsidy
Put another way, the subsidy gives the United States leverage over the decision-making of an important ally.Some of Israel’s Top Defenders Say It’s Time to End U.S. Aid
July 18, 2014
We must discover a means of subsidy by which music and parallel arts may thrive unapologetically.Van Dyke Parks on How Songwriters Are Getting Screwed in the Digital Age
Van Dyke Parks
June 4, 2014
Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.The Wingnut War On Common Core Is A Plot To Destroy Public Schools
May 7, 2014
To be sure, Ryan offers Americans under 55 years old a subsidy to buy private health insurance and the “choice” of Medicare.Even Republicans Don’t Like the Ryan Budget
April 8, 2014
And so, if a late 20-something decides to work fewer hours, but play more Xbox One, and get an Obamacare subsidy why not?Obamacare Is Wayne’s World
February 11, 2014
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
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
- 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 subsidy
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.