Simple Definition of subvention
: an amount of money that is given to a person or group by a government or organization
Examples of subvention in a sentence
<the committee receives an annual subvention from the foundation to run the museum>
Did You Know?
A subvention is a form of assistance, so it should come as no surprise to learn that the term "subvention" can be traced back to the Late Latin noun subventio, meaning "assistance." "Subventio" in turn derives from Latin subvenire, meaning "to come up or "to come to the rescue." (Another descendant of "subvenire" in English is the more common word souvenir.) "Subvention" also functions as a verb meaning "to provide with a subvention." The verb "subvention" is a very uncommon word, and it has an equally uncommon synonym, "subvent." The latter was likely coined by speakers unaware that the verb "subvention" already existed.
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