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 subsidiarily (audio) \ adverb

Examples of subsidiary in a Sentence

Noun one of the company's foreign subsidiaries
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The regulation is a piece of subsidiary legislation, subject to negative vetting. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong leader on first use of emergency powers in 50 years to ban masks," 4 Oct. 2019 Should the deal go through, United Technologies stakeholders are likely to own the majority of the shares. United Technologies aerospace products, including jet engines manufactured by subsidiary brand Pratt & Whitney. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "United Technologies and Raytheon in advanced merger talks, reports say," 9 June 2019 She’s surrounded by four other actors who, in addition to each playing one major role all on their own, also switch all the subsidiary characters among themselves — often by donning a pair of glasses or ostentatiously opening a fan. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "'Emma' at Lifeline Theatre: Jane Austen's matchmaking story is played for warmth and laughs," 6 June 2019 The Treasury has targeted at least 21 individuals, five crime syndicates and two subsidiary gangs associated with the Yakuza. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "U.S. Puts Sanctions on Japanese Firms It Says Are Linked to Yakuza Crime Network," 2 Oct. 2018 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Earlier this year, Lilly announced plans to release a lower-price generic version of its insulin drug Humalog through a subsidiary. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Lilly to announce $400M investment in Indianapolis manufacturing along with new jobs," 20 Nov. 2019 In nearby Plattsburgh, N.Y., local leaders successfully marketed Clinton County to companies from neighboring Montreal, convincing them to set up subsidiaries on their side of the border. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "Empty Businesses and Tough Times at the Other Border," 19 Nov. 2019 Syncora would develop the sites through a subsidiary called Pike Pointe. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit bankruptcy creditor demands more time for riverfront condos," 14 Nov. 2019 This could involve unwinding mergers or spinning off various subsidiaries. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "The best way to tame Big Tech isn’t necessarily to break it up," 13 Nov. 2019 The app developer, Straxis LLC, is based in Tulsa but has a subsidiary in southern India. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "Soldiers with top-secret clearances say they were forced to use an app that could endanger them," 12 Nov. 2019 The parent company of United Milwaukee Scrap LLC and four other subsidiaries has sought protection from creditors in receivership, a bankruptcy-like proceeding in state court. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Owner of local scrap giant Miller Compressing may buy another major Milwaukee scrap business," 12 Nov. 2019 First, Honda will make a tender offer for all shares of Nissin Kogyo, Keihin and Showa and Hitachi will make Hitachi Automotive Systems a subsidiary. Shiho Takezawa, Bloomberg.com, "Honda and Hitachi to Merge Four Car Parts Makers, Yomiuri Says," 29 Oct. 2019 Facebook also indicated that PayPal would have offered wallet services for holding Libra, as its own subsidiary Calibra plans to do. Los Angeles Times, "Where it all went wrong for Facebook’s Libra," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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11 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Subsidiary.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subsidiary?show=1&t=1321525761. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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More Definitions for subsidiary

subsidiary

adjective
How to pronounce subsidiary (audio)

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.

Other Words from subsidiary

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