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

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 Many of its new initiatives, such as its Hema supermarkets, logistics subsidiary Cainiao or Ele.me food delivery service, are likely not making much money. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Alibaba’s New Ventures Aren’t Making Much Money," 23 Aug. 2018 Google joined several other companies last year, including Facebook Inc., Verizon Communications Inc.’s media subsidiary Oath and White Ops, in a secretive effort to unravel the operations. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "U.S. Charges Eight With Online-Ad Fraud," 27 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the agreement, a subsidiary of Insys will plead guilty to five counts of mail fraud and pay a $2 million fine and $28 million in forfeiture, the US Attorney's office in Massachusetts said. Rob Frehse, CNN, "Manufacturer of synthetic opioid agrees to pay $225 million to settle investigations," 6 June 2019 Shipt was acquired by Target in December 2017 for $550 million and operates as an independent subsidiary serving multiple retailers. Erin Edgemon, AL.com, "Birmingham-based Shipt founder named Aspen Institute fellow," 23 Mar. 2018 And that's without considering the company's more controversial past as a former subsidiary of Halliburton. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "Could this 'clean coal’ plant proposal be answer to Indiana’s 17 billion tons of reserves?," 18 Mar. 2018 Built by Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Russian industry giant Rostec, the Mi-26 carries more cargo or people than anything in the West, even the American Chinook and Sea Stallion. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Still Selling the World’s Largest Helicopter, 40 Years After First Flight," 16 Apr. 2019 Multiple sources told us that EMC—a Boston-area IT giant that became a subsidiary of Dell in 2015—was a major force opposing early reform proposals. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses," 21 Aug. 2018 Gibsons now gets the majority of its meat from Stock Yards, a subsidiary of US Foods based in Aurora. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "In exodus from Fulton Market, surviving meatpackers scatter and adapt," 13 July 2018 Davichi, Wanna One, Roy Kim, IN2IT and Fromis_9 are all managed or co-managed by Stone Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of CJ E&M. This year also marks the first time since the first-ever KCON in 2012 when no artist from the No. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "KCON 2018 LA Finalizes Lineup With Dreamcatcher, IMFACT & Mia," 9 July 2018 One firm betting that sea drones are the way forward is Liquid Robotics, a subsidiary of Boeing, an aerospace giant. The Economist, "Avast, me hearties," 5 July 2018

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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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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.

Other Words from subsidiary

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