subsidiary

adjective
sub·​sid·​i·​ary | \ səb-ˈsi-dē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce subsidiary (audio) , -ˈsi-də-rē \

Definition of subsidiary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : furnishing aid or support : auxiliary subsidiary details
b : of secondary importance a subsidiary stream
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a subsidy a subsidiary payment to an ally

subsidiary

noun
plural subsidiaries

Definition of subsidiary (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is subsidiary especially : a company wholly controlled by another

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Other Words from subsidiary

Adjective

subsidiarily \ səb-​ˌsi-​dē-​ˈer-​ə-​lē How to pronounce subsidiary (audio) \ adverb

Examples of subsidiary in a Sentence

Noun one of the company's foreign subsidiaries
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, crowning Point Loma’s seabound ridge, is a vast public symbol, a monument, enveloping a multitude of subsidiary symbols like a fruit cradling seeds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: I visit Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery to reflect on life, death, respect and redemption," 27 Oct. 2020 Analysts estimate the subsidiary’s earnings will drop by about 8.9% this year, the most since 2003. Bruce Einhorn, Bloomberg.com, "Heavy Smoking Blamed for Indonesia’s 6.6% Coronavirus Death Rate," 19 May 2020 The drug has the backing of one of Japan’s most powerful companies, Fujifilm, whose subsidiary Toyama Chemical developed Avigan. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "This Drug May Cause Birth Defects. Japan’s Pushing It for Coronavirus.," 11 Apr. 2020 Earlier this month, Singapore Airlines and subsidiary SilkAir announced a temporary reduction in flight services across their global network, owing to weak demand as a result of the outbreak. Bloomberg.com, "China Bought Time With Quarantine; Russian Borders: Virus Update," 2 Apr. 2020 The company has also formed strategic investor partnerships with Consort Medical, whose subsidiary Bespark manufacturers Binx's test cartridges, and Wondfo Biotech. Mark Hay, Fortune, "Binx aims to capture a milestone in STI testing technology," 21 Apr. 2020 The all-cash deal for the minority holding, made through subsidiary Sony Corporation of America, will see Bilibili and Sony collaborate in entertainment businesses in the Chinese market, including anime and mobile games. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sony Takes $400 Million Stake in Chinese Online Giant Bilibili," 9 Apr. 2020 Over time, the problem grew worse: Sahad sent 649 takedown notices to Redbubble and its subsidiary Teepublic in 2019. Roger Sollenberger, Wired, "The Freewheeling, Copyright-Infringing World of Custom-Printed Tees," 16 Mar. 2020 In her new role as president of promotion, Ganis will continue to oversee all promotion activities pertaining to Atlantic and its subsidiary labels, as well as serving on the company's leadership team. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Atlantic Records Promotes Andrea Ganis to President of Promotion," 22 Jan. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Civil lawsuits have taken years to wind through European courts, and no laws were strong enough to prevent the damage from happening, though Shell’s Nigerian subsidiary was recently ordered by a Dutch court to compensate Nigerian farmers. NBC News, "'Ecocide' movement pushes for a new international crime: Environmental destruction," 7 Apr. 2021 Last year, Carol Bradley, 78-year-old retiree who lives on the outskirts of Louisville, filed for bankruptcy after a Sherman subsidiary emptied her bank account to collect on a 15-year-old debt. Justin Scheck, WSJ, "Most Big Debt Collectors Backed Off During the Pandemic. One Pressed Ahead.," 7 Apr. 2021 Nowak, who worked for KeyBank subsidiary Key Community Development Corporation before starting at CHN Housing Partners in 2016, said taking on mortgages that small is generally not profitable for the banks because of federal regulations and fees. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Cleveland nonprofit launches low-dollar mortgage wing to spur homeownership in East Side, low-income neighborhoods," 6 Apr. 2021 Opened in June 2015, Energía Sierra Juárez had been operated jointly by Saavi Energía and IEnova, a Sempra subsidiary. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sempra subsidiary buys wind farm in Baja for $80 million," 5 Apr. 2021 TwinSpires, the gambling subsidiary of famed Kentucky track Churchill Downs, is licensed in Oregon. oregonlive, "Return of horse racing makes for a crowded field in the contest for Oregon gambling dollar," 3 Apr. 2021 The subsidiary operates in 13 countries in Africa, offering mobile wallet deposit and withdrawals, merchant and commercial payments, loans and savings, virtual credit cards, and international money transfers. Jackie Bischof, Quartz, "Why Mastercard just made a $100 million bet on Africa’s mobile money market," 2 Apr. 2021 Almost nine years ago, Bristol Myers Squibb filed paperwork in Ireland to create a new offshore subsidiary. New York Times, "An Accidental Disclosure Exposes a $1 Billion Tax Fight With Bristol Myers," 1 Apr. 2021 No, the Mercedes-Benz subsidiary isn’t resisting the inevitable; in fact, quite the opposite. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Mercedes-AMG’s Beastly New Hybrid Electric Powertrain Could Deliver 800 HP," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of subsidiary

Adjective

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subsidiary

Adjective

Latin subsidiarius, from subsidium reserve troops

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The first known use of subsidiary was in 1543

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“Subsidiary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subsidiary. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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subsidiary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of subsidiary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not as important as something else
: owned or controlled by another company

subsidiary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of subsidiary (Entry 2 of 2)

: a company that is owned or controlled by another company

subsidiary

noun
sub·​sid·​i·​ary | \ səb-ˈsi-dē-ˌer-ē, -ˈsi-də-rē \
plural subsidiaries

Legal Definition of subsidiary

: a company having the majority of its stock owned by another company — compare affiliate

Note: The parent company of a subsidiary generally has the same policy-making powers as any majority owner and can do such things as appoint directors and hire officers. The subsidiary is controlled by the parent through these powers, and the parent may be held liable for the acts of the subsidiary if the subsidiary is found to be an instrumentality of the parent.

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