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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Elektra had been a subsidiary of Atlantic from 2004 until then, and an innovative major for decades before that. Lyndsey Havens, Billboard, "Elektra Co-Presidents Gregg Nadel & Mike Easterlin On the Label's Indie Side: 'There's This Underdog Mentality'," 20 Dec. 2019 The next day, a subsidiary of GEO Group – GEO Corrections Holdings – gave $100,000 to Rebuilding America Now, a pro-Trump Super PAC led by two former Trump staffers. USA Today, "'These people are profitable': Under Trump, private prisons are cashing in on ICE detainees," 20 Dec. 2019 NTI Connect, a subsidiary of ORIX Capital Partners, acquired Vertical Communications Inc, a Dallas-based in-house turnkey solutions for wireless, small cell and fiber providers. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "The Idea of ‘Blitzscaling’ May Be Losing Popularity in Silicon Valley," 16 Dec. 2019 At the end of the month, the competition commission of India (CCI) gave the nod for Amazon’s acquisition of a 49% stake in the promoter business Future Coupons, a subsidiary of the Future Group. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Ninjacart investment shows online grocery is going to be the new frontier for Walmart in India," 11 Dec. 2019 The Public Internet Registry, a subsidiary of a nonprofit called the Internet Society, has managed the .org domain since 2002. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Private equity firm buys .org domain months after ICANN lifted price caps," 23 Nov. 2019 The manufacturer is BAE Systems Land and Armaments, a subsidiary of BAE Systems, which is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia but has a branch in Louisville at 163 Rochester Drive. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Gun manufacturer with facility in Louisville contracted in $1 billion gun sale deal with India," 20 Nov. 2019 Paloma Martinez joined the effort in 2016 after forming Changing Rooms USA, a subsidiary of her husband’s organization which offers clothing, food and other items for people in need. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando ‘Thanksgiving for the Homeless & Poor’ event celebrates 10th year with more than 1,000 served," 16 Nov. 2019 Produce distributor Russ Davis Wholesale is recalling more than a dozen products that contain ingredients from Mann Packaging, a subsidiary of Fresh Del Monte Product. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Warning of possible listeria in vegetables sold by retailers including Amazon Go," 11 Nov. 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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23 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Subsidiary.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subsidiary. Accessed 17 January 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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