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subsidize

[suhb-si-dahyz]
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verb (used with object), sub·si·dized, sub·si·diz·ing.
  1. to furnish or aid with a subsidy.
  2. to purchase the assistance of by the payment of a subsidy.
  3. to secure the cooperation of by bribery; buy over.
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Also especially British, sub·si·dise.

Origin of subsidize

First recorded in 1785–95; subsid(y) + -ize
Related formssub·si·diz·a·ble, adjectivesub·si·di·za·tion, nounsub·si·diz·er, nounde·sub·si·di·za·tion, nounde·sub·si·dize, verb (used with object), de·sub·si·dized, de·sub·si·diz·ing.non·sub·si·dized, adjectiveun·sub·si·dized, adjective
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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.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for subsidise

subsidize

subsidise

verb (tr)
  1. to aid or support with a subsidy
  2. to obtain the aid of by means of a subsidy
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Derived Formssubsidizable or subsidisable, adjectivesubsidization or subsidisation, nounsubsidizer or subsidiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for subsidise

v.

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

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subsidize

v.

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.

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