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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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  • The municipalities were to promote their creation and to subsidize them.

  • And thenwhat did he subsidize these gunmen for if not for such an emergency as this?

    The Heart of Canyon Pass

    Thomas K. Holmes

  • Do you think that in the world we live in one can subsidize a Divinity, a first-class one, for that price?

    The Surprises of Life

    Georges Clemenceau

  • Men buy and sell their millions, subsidize states, and raise loans in dens dark and dismal enough to be prison-cells.

  • It is unpromising enough outside, but there is wealth within to subsidize a kingdom.


British Dictionary definitions for subsidize

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 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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