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subvention

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noun sub·ven·tion \səb-ˈven(t)-shən\

Simple Definition of subvention

  • : an amount of money that is given to a person or group by a government or organization

Full Definition of subvention

  1. :  the provision of assistance or financial support: asa :  endowmentb :  a subsidy from a government or foundation

sub·ven·tion·ary play \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective

Examples of subvention

  1. <the committee receives an annual subvention from the foundation to run the museum>



Origin of subvention

Middle English subvencion, from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French subvenciȯn, from Late Latin subvention-, subventio assistance, from Latin subvenire to come up, come to the rescue, from sub- up + venire to come — more at sub-, come


First Known Use: 15th century

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