subsidy

[ suhb-si-dee ]
/ ˈsʌb sɪ di /

noun, plural sub·si·dies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. subsidiary company,
  2. subsidiary ledger,
  3. subsidiary rights,
  4. subsidise,
  5. subsidize,
  6. subsist,
  7. subsistence,
  8. subsistence allowance,
  9. subsistence farming,
  10. subsistence level

Origin of subsidy

1325–75; Middle English subsidie < Anglo-French < Latin subsidium auxiliary force, reserve, help, equivalent to sub- sub- + sid-, combining form of sedēre to sit1 + -ium -ium

SYNONYMS FOR subsidy
1. Subsidy, subvention are both grants of money, especially governmental, to aid private undertakings. A subsidy is usually given to promote commercial enterprise: a subsidy to manufacturers during a war. A subvention is usually a grant to stimulate enterprises connected with science and the arts: a subvention to a research chemist by a major company.

Related formsan·ti·sub·si·dy, noun, plural an·ti·sub·si·dies.non·sub·si·dy, noun, plural non·sub·si·dies.

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British Dictionary definitions for subsidy

subsidy

/ (ˈsʌbsɪdɪ) /

noun plural -dies

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 for subsidy

C14: from Anglo-Norman subsidie, from Latin subsidium assistance, from subsidēre to remain, from sub- down + sedēre to sit

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Word Origin and History for subsidy

subsidy

n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French subsidie, from Old French subside "help, aid, contribution," from Latin subsidium "help, aid, assistance, (military) reinforcements," from sub "behind, near" (see sub-) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for subsidy

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.

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