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 subsidiary (audio) \ adverb

Examples of subsidiary in a Sentence

Noun one of the company's foreign subsidiaries
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, crowning Point Loma’s seabound ridge, is a vast public symbol, a monument, enveloping a multitude of subsidiary symbols like a fruit cradling seeds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: I visit Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery to reflect on life, death, respect and redemption," 27 Oct. 2020 Analysts estimate the subsidiary’s earnings will drop by about 8.9% this year, the most since 2003. Bruce Einhorn, Bloomberg.com, "Heavy Smoking Blamed for Indonesia’s 6.6% Coronavirus Death Rate," 19 May 2020 The drug has the backing of one of Japan’s most powerful companies, Fujifilm, whose subsidiary Toyama Chemical developed Avigan. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "This Drug May Cause Birth Defects. Japan’s Pushing It for Coronavirus.," 11 Apr. 2020 Earlier this month, Singapore Airlines and subsidiary SilkAir announced a temporary reduction in flight services across their global network, owing to weak demand as a result of the outbreak. Bloomberg.com, "China Bought Time With Quarantine; Russian Borders: Virus Update," 2 Apr. 2020 The company has also formed strategic investor partnerships with Consort Medical, whose subsidiary Bespark manufacturers Binx's test cartridges, and Wondfo Biotech. Mark Hay, Fortune, "Binx aims to capture a milestone in STI testing technology," 21 Apr. 2020 The all-cash deal for the minority holding, made through subsidiary Sony Corporation of America, will see Bilibili and Sony collaborate in entertainment businesses in the Chinese market, including anime and mobile games. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sony Takes $400 Million Stake in Chinese Online Giant Bilibili," 9 Apr. 2020 Over time, the problem grew worse: Sahad sent 649 takedown notices to Redbubble and its subsidiary Teepublic in 2019. Roger Sollenberger, Wired, "The Freewheeling, Copyright-Infringing World of Custom-Printed Tees," 16 Mar. 2020 In her new role as president of promotion, Ganis will continue to oversee all promotion activities pertaining to Atlantic and its subsidiary labels, as well as serving on the company's leadership team. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Atlantic Records Promotes Andrea Ganis to President of Promotion," 22 Jan. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Kenai Princess and the Denali Princess are slated to open, in addition to the Westmark Fairbanks (Westmark Hotels, like Princess, is a subsidiary of Carnival Corp.). Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "What Canada’s cruise ban and Alaska’s now-optional traveler screenings could mean for summer travel," 27 Feb. 2021 The article included in the post comes from a January 2020 story that was published on Freedom Fictions, a satirical fact-checking news site that is a subsidiary of America's Last Line of Defense. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, "Fact check: It is impossible for Pelosi to divert Social Security funds for impeachment," 16 Feb. 2021 Boxer, a former Marin County resident who represented California in the Senate from 1993 to 2017, now co-chairs the Los Angeles office of Mercury Public Affairs, a lobbying firm that was working for the Hikvision subsidiary. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Biden to return donation from ex-California Sen. Barbara Boxer over Chinese lobbying," 12 Jan. 2021 The display systems are similar to the Stagecraft technology pioneered by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the subsidiary of Lucasfilm (now owned by Disney) that George Lucas founded in 1975. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Hollywood finally has a replacement for the green screen," 11 Jan. 2021 The firm has done work involving the bankruptcy of FirstEnergy Solutions, the former subsidiary that had owned the power plants. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Statehouse bribery scandal now in Cleveland, FirstEnergy’s dark money used to attack CPP," 24 Dec. 2020 Tencent and Vivendi also signed a separate agreement in March enabling Tencent Music to acquire a minority stake in the Universal subsidiary that owns the record label’s Greater China operations. Mauro Orru, WSJ, "Tencent Doubles Stake in Universal Music, Home to Billie Eilish and the Beatles," 18 Dec. 2020 The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, is targeting American Natural Resources Co., a subsidiary of TC Energy Corp., based in Calgary. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We Energies sues Canadian company to try to force it to help pay for cleanup of future Komatsu headquarters site," 1 Sep. 2020 Hitachi Vantara is a subsidiary of global technology company Hitachi Ltd. Jared Council, WSJ, "For CIOs, There’s No Place Like Home (Office)," 31 Dec. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subsidiary. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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.

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