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

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 Park Lawn went on to become 100-percent owner of 26 of the cemeteries through the subsidiary Midwest Memorial Group. J.c. Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan fund backs questionable bid for scandal-plagued cemeteries," 4 July 2018 One of the Strong Economy For All subsidiary groups, Coalition for the Homeless, said all of the millions received from Robin Hood went to its own programs, not any outside entity. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Hedge Funds’ Favorite Charity Is Funding Their Opponents," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Further Reading Verizon has a new strategy to undermine online privacy and net neutrality Verizon purchased AOL in June 2015; AOL is now part of a Verizon subsidiary called Oath, which also includes Yahoo. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon/AOL helped advertisers track kids online, must now pay $5M fine," 4 Dec. 2018 Tony Ruegger, managing director of the U.S. subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, announced the name change at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "MAN Energy Solutions gets new name to go with U.S. HQ," 26 June 2018 Arsalaan Ahmed, the chief executive of the Malaysian subsidiary of HSBC Amanah, the bank’s Islamic division, says that 65-70% of his retail customers are not Muslim. The Economist, "The world’s biggest Muslim country wants to boost sharia finance," 10 May 2018 The bank was hired by Cairn Energy Plc to convert the proceeds of the sale of a subsidiary from dollars into pounds. Fortune, "Ex-HSBC Currency Trader Mark Johnson Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison," 26 Apr. 2018 Rob Paterson, president of subsidiary Kamatics, said the designation, which is one of about two dozen for Airbus, will spur businesses growth through collaboration and product development. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Kaman, Airbus Mark New Collaboration Agreement," 9 Apr. 2018 Pichai and Susan Wojcicki, CEO of Google subsidiary YouTube, spoke about the company’s efforts to recruit more women to Google, where only 20 percent of its technical staff are women. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai doesn’t regret firing James Damore," 19 Jan. 2018 Bezeq’s subsidiaries include a cable television company and Walla, a news website. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Netanyahu Peril Grows, as Trusted Aide Agrees to Testify," 20 Feb. 2018 Launching an initiative to re-enter China without Brin’s express approval would seem to be a firing offense, even if Google is now a subsidiary of Alphabet and operating with less direct oversight. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s ambitions for China could trigger a crisis inside the company," 18 Aug. 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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The first known use of subsidiary was in 1543

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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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