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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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Related Words for subsidization

treasure, estate, backing, money, investment, principal, funding, wealth, stake, finances, resources, stock, business, means, funds, kitty, grubstake, capitalization, gold, wherewithal

Examples from the Web for subsidization

Historical Examples of subsidization

  • I believe, therefore, that this subsidization should continue to be reduced.

    State of the Union Addresses of Harry S. Truman

    Harry S. Truman

  • Subsidization of persons as well as institutions must be wisely handled or moral deterioration is likely to set in.

  • The power of subsidization of thought was theirs to a remarkable degree, as I was soon to learn under Ernest's tuition.

    The Iron Heel

    Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for subsidization



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 subsidization



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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