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[suh b-ven-shuh n]
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  1. 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.
  2. the furnishing of aid or relief.
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Origin of subvention

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin subventiōn- (stem of subventiō) official grant in aid, equivalent to subvent(us) (past participle of subvenīre to subvene) + -iōn- -ion
Related formssub·ven·tion·ar·y, adjective

Synonyms for subvention

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1. See subsidy.
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Related Words for subvention

dole, benefaction, endowment, admission, gratuity, subsidy, fellowship, boon, bounty, privilege, stipend, allocation, donation, appropriation, award, bequest, contribution, present, charity, handout

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Historical Examples of subvention

  • The municipalities would then intervene and grant a subvention.

    Syndicalism in France

    Louis Levine

  • Venice gave the commune of Cattaro an annual subvention as solatium.

    The Shores of the Adriatic

    F. Hamilton Jackson

  • It is even rumored that it is you who finds the money for its subvention.

  • As early as 1881 the government had published a proposal for a subvention to German shipping; Enlarged industrial policy.

  • Before he gave an answer he must know, he said, what subvention the states-general would be willing to grant him.

British Dictionary definitions for subvention


  1. a grant, aid, or subsidy, as from a government to an educational institution
  2. the act or process of providing aid or help of any sort
  3. sport a fee paid indirectly to a supposedly amateur athlete for appearing at a meeting
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Derived Formssubventionary, adjective

Word Origin for subvention

C15: from Late Latin subventiō assistance, from Latin subvenīre to subvene
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Word Origin and History for subvention


c.1400, from Middle French subvention, from Late Latin subventionem (nominative subventio) "assistance," from past participle stem of Latin subvenire "come to one's aid," from sub "up to" (see sub-) + venire "to come" (see venue).

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