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 The placing of principal and subsidiary cords could show family or tribal relationships. The Economist, "Knotty tale The mystery of quipus—Incan knot records," 1 Feb. 2020 Johnson joined ICM Partners in 2001 as an assistant in the classical music management division of its subsidiary ICM Artists. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "ICM Partners Promotes Andrea Johnson to Partner," 27 Jan. 2020 Blueprint, which is working with Ipsen’s recently acquired subsidiary Clementia Pharmaceuticals, of Montreal, is eligible to receive up to $510 million more from Ipsen if the experimental drug meets goals for development, approval, and sales. BostonGlobe.com, "Plans for innovation campus in South Boston scaled back," 17 Oct. 2019 For years, Sony, which owns the rights to Spider-Man, has been essentially lending him out to Disney and its subsidiary Marvel Studios. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Why the Marvel Cinematic Universe Needed to Keep Spider-Man So Badly," 27 Sep. 2019 The regulation is a piece of subsidiary legislation, subject to negative vetting. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong leader on first use of emergency powers in 50 years to ban masks," 4 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sands, through its Chinese subsidiary, has donated 500,000 masks to the Macao government, while others are donating money for research and treatment of the coronavirus. Rachel Cheung, Washington Post, "Macao gambled on a costly casino shutdown. It may emerge a winner from coronavirus.," 14 Feb. 2020 Stan Sarman, chairman of TIRZ 10 and its subsidiary the Lake Houston Redevelopment Authority, said area home owners associations will likely have more information in the next month and said sketches will be provided. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Deadline approaches for public comments on TIRZ 10 Northpark Drive Overpass Project," 13 Feb. 2020 Federal prosecutors filed the 16-count superseding indictment in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday, charging Huawei, its U.S. subsidiaries and chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "U.S. unveils new charges against Chinese telecom giant Huawei," 13 Feb. 2020 The 16-count superseding indictment announced Thursday was brought against Huawei and four of its subsidiaries, as well as its chief financial officer, Wanzhou Meng. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "US accuses Huawei of doing business with North Korea, helping Iran spy and more in new indictment," 13 Feb. 2020 When Time Warner merged with Turner Broadcasting in 1995, the company agreed to pick up an additional cable news network on top of CNN, one of its subsidiaries. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "DOJ Won't Tackle Politically Biased Media: "It's Not Our Job"," 12 Feb. 2020 The investigation comes following reports from PCMag and Motherboard that Avast was selling the user data through its Jumpshot subsidiary. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Popular antivirus software Avast under investigation for selling user browsing histories," 12 Feb. 2020 Marriott’s final accounting of the intrusion into its Starwood subsidiary ended up just shy of 400 million individual records stolen, including as many as 5 million passport numbers. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "China's Hacking Spree Will Have a Decades-Long Fallout," 11 Feb. 2020 Large internet companies make money off this kind of personal information by sharing it with their subsidiaries and third parties. Karuna Pande Joshi, The Conversation, "AI could constantly scan the internet for data privacy violations, a quicker, easier way to enforce compliance," 7 Feb. 2020

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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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4 Feb 2020

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“Subsidiary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subsidiarily?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=subsid05. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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subsidiary

adjective
How to pronounce subsidiary (audio)

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.

Other Words from subsidiary

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