subsidiary

1 of 2

adjective

sub·​sid·​i·​ary səb-ˈsi-dē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce subsidiary (audio)
-ˈsi-də-rē
1
a
: 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
subsidiarily adverb

subsidiary

2 of 2

noun

plural subsidiaries
: one that is subsidiary
especially : a company wholly controlled by another

Examples of subsidiary in a Sentence

Noun one of the company's foreign subsidiaries
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Now, within the third wave, there are subsidiary waves. Ramki Ramakrishnan, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Toyota reported record sales in 2023 thanks to growth in Europe and China, even as the company grapples with a fake data scandal at subsidiary Daihatsu. Alan Murray, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2024 But both organizations also have subsidiary organizations that run everything from individual hospitals to charitable foundations and medical groups. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2023 Complimenting co-production, tax shelter fundraising and VFX services through subsidiary UFX Studios, Umedia has now launched a development branch to bring in-house productions to the screen. Ben Croll, Variety, 11 Oct. 2023 In mid-July, the FTX bankruptcy estate launched a $320 million lawsuit against the executives of subsidiary FTX Europe. Leo Schwartz, Fortune Crypto, 4 Aug. 2023 Possessing an unwavering commitment to creating value in both business and philanthropy, Deutsch stands as a beacon of light for a conscientious and enterprising future; as a baseline commitment moving forward, all subsidiary companies of SAVANT will donate 10% of revenue proceeds to charity. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2023 Too many subsidiary characters are shrilly one-note, and given no encouragement to rein it in, with Tucker particularly merciless in that regard. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 22 June 2023 Financial-services firms fear the rule could place burdensome due-diligence requirements — not just on them but also their suppliers and any subsidiary funds or companies they’re invested in. Lydia Beyoud, Bloomberg.com, 5 June 2023
Noun
Unilever and many of its subsidiaries have had B Corp status for years, though not always to the delight of its shareholders. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2024 Emanuel noted that in February the Biden administration approved a plan that would drive billions of dollars in revenue to a U.S.-based subsidiary of the Japanese company Mitsui for crane production in the United States. Aamer Madhani, Fortune Asia, 10 Apr. 2024 The awards had been held on the eve of Nashville’s CMA Fest in June since 2002, but when CBS’ contract with the ACM Awards expired, the network rescheduled subsidiary CMT’s ceremony as a spring event. Tom Roland, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2024 The company also has two subsidiaries in the Netherlands and Switzerland. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2024 The downturn in the views among manufacturers reflects production stoppages at Daihatsu Motor Co., a Toyota Motor Corp. subsidiary that specializes in small vehicles. Yuri Kageyama, Quartz, 1 Apr. 2024 The Swiss bank will come away with a nice windfall from the deal, but its newer subsidiary Credit Suisse sure won’t. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 28 Mar. 2024 The company’s subsidiary Oji Nepia manufactures 400 million infant diapers annually, down from its 700 million peak in 2001, BBC reported. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 For most of the past decade, Seacat worked at the Amazon subsidiary as a technical customer support associate, helping with cloud computing. USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Latin subsidiarius, from subsidium reserve troops

First Known Use

Adjective

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subsidiary was in 1543

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Cite this Entry

“Subsidiary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subsidiary. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

subsidiary

1 of 2 adjective
sub·​sid·​iary
səb-ˈsid-ē-ˌer-ē,
-ˈsid-ə-rē
: of secondary importance
subsidiary streams

subsidiary

2 of 2 noun
plural subsidiaries
: one that is subsidiary
especially : a company wholly controlled by another

Legal Definition

subsidiary

noun
sub·​sid·​i·​ary
səb-ˈsi-dē-ˌer-ē, -ˈsi-də-rē
plural subsidiaries
: 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.

subsidiary adjective
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