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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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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Electric Boat, a division of General Dynamics Corp., builds submarines in Groton and Quonset Point, R.I., and Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., builds helicopters in Stratford. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "U.S., Australian Officials To Boost Defense Business At Connecticut Meeting," 30 May 2018 Google parent company Alphabet has a dedicated life sciences research subsidiary called Verily and a life extension effort known as Calico, both of which stand to benefit from easier access to wider health data sets and research results. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple might help bring veterans’ medical records into the modern era," 21 Nov. 2018 Renault-Nissan BV manages long-term strategy for the partnership and owns subsidiaries responsible for tasks including joint purchasing and information-technology services. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Renault Names Interim Leaders After Carlos Ghosn’s Arrest," 20 Nov. 2018 And on April 2, 2018, First Energy appealed for emergency help after a subsidiary containing ailing power plants filed for bankruptcy protection. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Trump orders Energy Dept. to halt shutdown of coal, nuclear plants," 1 June 2018 The Light fares are also available from other subsidiaries of the Lufthansa Group, including Swiss International, Brussels and Austrian airlines. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "The trend of bare-bones ticket sales is spreading to transatlantic flights," 26 May 2018 He and Nader had already discussed sharing the profits and begun setting up a UAE subsidiary of Circinus, Broidy's company. NBC News, "AP investigation: A Trump fundraiser's secret lobbying effort to win $1B in business," 21 May 2018 Two of North America's biggest pipeline companies announced plans to repurchase subsidiaries as the industry seeks to curb future tax obligations in the face of a federal overhaul. Amanda Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Tax changes lead two pipeline companies to buy back subsidiaries," 17 May 2018 Remedies included Ticketmaster licensing its ticketing software to competitors, and selling off a subsidiary called Paciola. David Dayen, The New Republic, "The Ticket Monopoly Is Worse Than Ever (Thanks, Obama)," 15 May 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

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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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