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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Court documents show the men smuggled tainted gold between January 2013 and March 2017 for an Elemetal subsidiary, NTR Metals, in Miami. Fox News, "Gold refinery agrees to $15M fine after money laundering," 16 Mar. 2018 Karlie Kloss Supermodel and philanthropist Karlie Kloss sits on the board of Verizon subsidiary Oath with Serena, and spoke highly of her friend in an interview with the New York Times from march 2018. Harleen Sidhu, Teen Vogue, "10 Celebrities on How Serena Williams Inspires Them," 12 Dec. 2018 And in California marijuana dispensaries, Heineken subsidiary Lagunitas is already selling sparkling water infused with CBD and its psychoactive cousin, THC. Dee-ann Durbin, The Seattle Times, "Marlboro maker Altria the latest big company to explore pot," 5 Dec. 2018 Buffett's loyalty to Geico is what drew the investment giant and chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which has dozens of subsidiaries, to Lenexa. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Warren Buffett calls Lenexa his ‘new home location’ for favorite company Geico," 19 June 2018 The third kit for their 2012-13 season was designed by Warrior, which is a subsidiary company of New Balance. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans React to the Launch of Their New Away Kit," 13 June 2018 Bloom distributes cannabis products — seeds, flowers, concentrates, infused edibles and more — under the brand name Nug, a Bloom subsidiary. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "For Oakland’s equity pot firms, finding space to grow is slow," 11 June 2018 Fun fact: World Market is actually a subsidiary of Bed Bath & Beyond! Jolie Peters, House Beautiful, "The Best Places To Score A Sofa On Black Friday," 14 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, the Chinese government has withdrawn its approval for Facebook’s new subsidiary in the country; Facebook has been blocked in China for almost a decade and the company has long sought to establish a foothold there. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Facebook shares dropped nearly 20 percent after its Q2 earnings miss," 26 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

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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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