[ suhb-ven-shuhn ]
/ səbˈvɛn ʃən /
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a grant of money, as by a government or some other authority, in aid or support of some institution or undertaking, especially in connection with science or the arts.
the furnishing of aid or relief.



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Origin of subvention

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Late Latin subventiōn- (stem of subventiō) “official grant in aid,” equivalent to subvent(us) (past participle of subvenīre “to arrive as support, relieve,” (see subvene) + -iōn--ion
1. See subsidy.
sub·ven·tion·ar·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subvention

/ (səbˈvɛnʃən) /


a grant, aid, or subsidy, as from a government to an educational institution
the act or process of providing aid or help of any sort
sport a fee paid indirectly to a supposedly amateur athlete for appearing at a meeting
subventionary, adjective
C15: from Late Latin subventiō assistance, from Latin subvenīre to subvene
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