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 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 Headquartered in Seattle, North Pacific Seafoods is a subsidiary of Marubeni Corp, a multi-billion-dollar Japanese conglomerate. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Rat-infested dorms, contaminated drinking water and wage theft: lawsuit alleges nightmare conditions at Alaska seafood processing plants," 20 Nov. 2020 BridgeTower was Gannett's business-to-business subsidiary. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Capitol Times parent company sold by Gannett, owner of Arizona Republic," 6 Nov. 2020 Sempra’s San Diego Gas & Electric subsidiary generated $178 million in profit, down from $263 million in the third quarter of last year. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sempra remains bullish on LNG ambitions," 5 Nov. 2020 Microsoft subsidiary inXile, for instance, released a version of Wasteland 3 for the PlayStation 4 just last month. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "What happens to Bethesda’s multi-platform games under Microsoft?," 22 Sep. 2020 Prospects for the Wylfa plant looked more optimistic last month when Horizon Nuclear Power Ltd., Hitachi’s subsidiary developing the project, said it was engaged with the U.K. government on reviving the project. Rachel Morison, Bloomberg.com, "Hitachi Abandons $26 Billion Nuclear Power Project in U.K.," 16 Sep. 2020 Orix’s Boston Financial Investment Management subsidiary will more almost double its tax credit fund, which will have a value of almost $15 billion after the purchase. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "International financial firm with Dallas base makes tax company credit buy," 15 Sep. 2020 Costa will gradually open up its cruises to European residents, while Carnival's AIDA subsidiary also expects to resume operations this fall, after Italian regulators blocked its August attempts to bring passengers back. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "With just one ship now sailing, Carnival loses $2.9 billion in Q3," 15 Sep. 2020 The airline's budget subsidiary Tigerair Australia will be discontinued. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, "Virgin Australia airline to be sold to US-based Bain Capital," 4 Sep. 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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10 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Subsidiary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subsidiary. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for subsidiary

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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