[ suhb-si-dahyz ]
/ ˈsʌb sɪˌdaɪz /
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verb (used with object), sub·si·dized, sub·si·diz·ing.

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.



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Also especially British, sub·si·dise .

Origin of subsidize

First recorded in 1785–95; subsid(y) + -ize
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What does subsidize mean?

To subsidize is to grant a subsidy—a direct payment made by a government to a company or other organization as a form of assistance.

The process of subsidizing is subsidization. Governments often subsidize particular industries, such as through granting farm subsidies. The word subsidy is most commonly used to refer to such payments.

More generally, subsidy can refer to any grant or monetary contribution. More specifically, it can refer to a payment made by one government to another for a particular service, often according to a treaty.

Less commonly, the word subsidize can mean to gain someone’s cooperation through bribery.

Subsidize is sometimes spelled subsidise (especially in British English).

Example: The government is subsidizing my company to help expedite the manufacturing of healthcare products.

Where does subsidize come from?

The first records of the word subsidize come from the 1700s. It ultimately derives from the Latin subsidium, meaning “auxiliary force,” “reserve,” or “help.” The ending -ize is used to make verbs.

Governments subsidize companies in particular industries by providing companies with funding. The goal of this kind of subsidization is typically to help that industry thrive—so that it can provide jobs or otherwise stimulate economic growth. There are different kinds of subsidies, but the word is usually associated with government payments. Such payments are sometimes called government subsidies. The U.S. government subsidizes many industries, including by providing monetary assistance to fossil fuel companies and military and automobile manufacturers.

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What are some other forms related to subsidize?

  • subsidise (alternate spelling)
  • subsidizable (adjective)
  • subsidization (noun)
  • subsidizer (noun)
  • desubsidization (noun)
  • subsidy (noun)

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How is subsidize used in real life?

The word subsidize is most commonly associated with government payments to help certain industries.



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Is subsidize used correctly in the following sentence?

We subsidize billion-dollar corporations, but we should determine if such subsidies help everyday citizens.

British Dictionary definitions for subsidize



/ (ˈsʌbsɪˌdaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to aid or support with a subsidy
to obtain the aid of by means of a subsidy
subsidizable or subsidisable, adjectivesubsidization or subsidisation, nounsubsidizer or subsidiser, noun
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