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

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 Nor are the numbers for the subsidiary characters compelling. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘Frozen’ Hits Broadway With a Little Magic and Some Icy Patches," 22 Mar. 2018 God only knows how many lives have been saved, and subsidiary crimes avoided, because of these dedicated men and women. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houstonians arrested with enough fentanyl to 'kill everyone in Toledo’," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most of the subsidiary figures fall short of any true honor, and Bertram is as caddish a figure as Shakespeare ever wrote. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "Shakespeare Fest's 'All's Well' a rare, but frustrating comedy," 5 June 2018 But an investment in a big corporation — even if through a private subsidiary — allows them to put money to work quickly. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Here’s what SoftBank’s investment into GM’s Cruise means for the self-driving race," 1 June 2018 LyondellBasell subsidiaries are identified as a responsible party on dozens of Superfund sites. CBS News, "Steven D. Cook, ex-chemical industry lawyer, to lead Superfund task force at EPA," 1 June 2018 In the future, Microsoft said, Windows ML might even take advantage of an entirely new chip: a machine vision or visual processing chip designed by a subsidiary of Intel, called Movidius. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows ML will tap your PC hardware to smarten up Windows 10 apps with AI," 7 Mar. 2018 Gray's operation is a subsidiary of the $24 billion LG Chem Ltd., headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "A daughter of Detroit defies odds, takes car industry into the future," 13 July 2018 Otsuka Pharmaceutical is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., of Tokyo. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 13 July 2018 Seth MacFarlane said they were disgusted and embarrassed to work for a company affiliated with Fox News, which is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox, following Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham’s recent remarks about border separations on the network. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Celebrities Slam Fox News' Coverage of Immigrant Border Separations," 19 June 2018 Dejan Karabasevic, 45, worked for an AMSC subsidiary in Austria and frequently traveled to China to work with Sinovel. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chinese firm fined $1.5 million in theft of trade secrets from Wisconsin computer firm," 6 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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