subsidiary

adjective
sub·sid·i·ary | \səb-ˈsi-dē-ˌer-ē, -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 \ adverb

Examples of subsidiary in a Sentence

Noun

one of the company's foreign subsidiaries

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Additionally, the department announced Monday that insurance firm Chubb Ltd. and its subsidiary Illinois Union Insurance Company would pay a $1.3 million fine for underwriting the Carry Guard program through Lockton Affinity LLC. Karen Matthews, BostonGlobe.com, "NRA sues New York Governor over what it calls blacklisting campaign," 11 May 2018 The other members could either stay in the ie, marry into a new one (daughters), or start subsidiary branches (sons). Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry," 23 Apr. 2018 Because his father is an Earl, James has taken on the subsidiary title of Viscount Severn, rather than Prince. Kate Samuelson, Time, "Your Complete Guide to the British Royal Family Tree and Line of Succession," 23 Apr. 2018 And there are subsidiary questions that run down from there: Which sensors create the best data? Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Most Important Self-Driving Car Announcement Yet," 28 Mar. 2018 Nor are the numbers for the subsidiary characters compelling. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘Frozen’ Hits Broadway With a Little Magic and Some Icy Patches," 22 Mar. 2018 God only knows how many lives have been saved, and subsidiary crimes avoided, because of these dedicated men and women. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houstonians arrested with enough fentanyl to 'kill everyone in Toledo’," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dejan Karabasevic, 45, worked for an AMSC subsidiary in Austria and frequently traveled to China to work with Sinovel. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chinese firm fined $1.5 million in theft of trade secrets from Wisconsin computer firm," 6 July 2018 Legacy, based in Hainesport, would be Woods’ fifth subsidiary and its third in New Jersey. Harold Brubaker, Philly.com, "Legacy Treatment joining Woods Services in nonprofit merger," 3 July 2018 Southwest Key also operates for-profit subsidiaries, and CEO Juan Sánchez made nearly $1.5 million in 2016, according to tax filings. Mark Collette, Joshua Fechter And Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Companies earn billions to shelter immigrant children," 29 June 2018 And in April, Quintillion sued a GCI subsidiary and contractor, saying the installation of GCI's cable damaged Quintillion's project. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska regulators assess damage to tundra and permafrost after 240-mile fiber-optic installation," 21 June 2018 Wyndham has based its timeshare subsidiary, and that company’s CEO, in Orlando, but the corporate parent office has been in Parsippany, about 35 miles west of Manhattan. Paul Brinkmann, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gov. Scott expected to announce 200 new corporate jobs at Wyndham in Orlando," 31 May 2018 The petition includes five Enduro subsidiaries and affiliates. Sandra Baker, star-telegram, "Oil and gas company owned by prominent Fort Worth family files for bankruptcy | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 Investors can also take comfort from the fact that each of WeWork’s locations is housed within a separate subsidiary and isn’t directly leased by the parent company. Bloomberg.com, "ECB’s Draghi Expects Growth to Remain Solid and Broad-Based," 26 Apr. 2018 FirstEnergy Solutions, its subsidiaries and the FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co., or FENOC, filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors on Mar. 31. John Funk, cleveland.com, "FirstEnergy Solutions definitely to close its nuclear power plants," 25 Apr. 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

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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.

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