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 subsidiarily (audio) \ adverb

Examples of subsidiary in a Sentence

Noun

one of the company's foreign subsidiaries

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Should the deal go through, United Technologies stakeholders are likely to own the majority of the shares. United Technologies aerospace products, including jet engines manufactured by subsidiary brand Pratt & Whitney. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "United Technologies and Raytheon in advanced merger talks, reports say," 9 June 2019 She’s surrounded by four other actors who, in addition to each playing one major role all on their own, also switch all the subsidiary characters among themselves — often by donning a pair of glasses or ostentatiously opening a fan. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'Emma' at Lifeline Theatre: Jane Austen's matchmaking story is played for warmth and laughs," 6 June 2019 The Treasury has targeted at least 21 individuals, five crime syndicates and two subsidiary gangs associated with the Yakuza. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "U.S. Puts Sanctions on Japanese Firms It Says Are Linked to Yakuza Crime Network," 2 Oct. 2018 Although creditors in the U.S. may get wiped out in bankruptcy, losses are contained at the subsidiary level. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Treasury Misfire," 28 Nov. 2018 To the music written as the coda of Tchaikovsky’s pas de deux (featuring a soft-shoe-wearing Young Drosselmeier and a barefoot Marie), Mr. Morris floods his stage with 12 pairs of subsidiary characters—toys, rats, snowflakes, flowers, party guests. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The Hard Nut’ Review: A Refreshed Christmas Classic," 17 Dec. 2018 Instead, the baby would likely get one of the subsidiary titles that the Queen gave Harry on the day of his wedding. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby's Last Name Might Surprise You," 15 Oct. 2018 As of press time, Bethesda.net includes a broad range of games developed by Bethesda and its subsidiary studios, along with some (but not all) of those companies' back-catalog titles. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "War changes: Fallout 76 is series’ first in a decade to skip Steam," 7 Aug. 2018 And there are subsidiary questions that run down from there: Which sensors create the best data? Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Most Important Self-Driving Car Announcement Yet," 28 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Global military strategy is having a local impact as the subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. benefits from U.S. military strategy that’s turning to the oceans to check Russian and Chinese ambitions. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Electric Boat marks biggest Groton shipyard expansion in decades with the start of construction of the assembly site for the Columbia-class submarine," 13 Sep. 2019 Without much fanfare, Virgin Galactic has gone public on the New York Stock Exchange as a subsidiary of SCHH, a special purpose acquisition company run by former Facebook employees. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Richard Branson's Plans for Space Tourism Sure Are Aggressive," 11 Sep. 2019 To use Zao, an iOS app developed by a subsidiary of Chinese developer Momo, users upload an image of themselves. Chris Paul, The Denver Post, "Viral Chinese app replaces your face with Leonardo DiCaprio’s in “deepfake” videos," 8 Sep. 2019 The app, which was created by a subsidiary of Chinese developer Momo, has exploded in popularity since it was released last week. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Deepfake App Zao Makes You a Movie Star. But It Also Raises Big Privacy Concerns," 4 Sep. 2019 To use Zao, an iOS app developed by a subsidiary of Chinese developer Momo, users upload an image of themselves. Marie C. Baca, Washington Post, "Viral Chinese app Zao replaces your face with Leonardo DiCaprio’s in ‘deepfake’ videos," 4 Sep. 2019 Three years later, Vietnam suspended a gas-drilling project in the sea by a subsidiary of a Spanish company because the project was said to have irritated Beijing. Mike Ives, BostonGlobe.com, "US will drill with Southeast Asian navies, echoing move by China," 2 Sep. 2019 The 21 regional channels were purchased by a subsidiary of Sinclair called the Diamond Sports Group, which includes Los Angeles media mogul Byron Allen as an equity and content partner. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "Sinclair completes $9.6-billion purchase of Fox regional sports networks from Disney," 23 Aug. 2019 Fox Restaurant Concepts is expected to operate as a subsidiary of Cheesecake Factory and Fox will lead the company from its Phoenix headquarters, according to a press release announcing the sale. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Next up for restaurateur Sam Fox: A Phoenix hotel?," 23 Aug. 2019

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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

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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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