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 An executive for Weber Benelux, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, also touted 3D printing as a major time and cost-saver for homebuilders. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, "Dutch couple rents Europe's first fully 3D-printed house," 1 May 2021 Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., reached out to the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline about making cookie drops to help boost cookie sales, which are still being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Girl Scout cookies delivered by drone? A Virginia troop teamed up with Google Wing amid COVID," 28 Apr. 2021 The Italian restaurant, a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants, Inc., would feature 198 seats and have 100 total employees. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An Olive Garden has been proposed at the former Perkins site in Delafield," 27 Apr. 2021 The business, previously known as Nature’s Bounty, was founded in 1971 as a subsidiary of a pharmaceutical company. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "Nestlé Looks to Buy Maker of Nature’s Bounty Vitamins," 23 Apr. 2021 While Apache now operates as a subsidiary under the new name, the ticker remains the same. Gurufocus, Forbes, "Dodge & Cox Continues To Cap APA," 16 Apr. 2021 Blurring the line between Goose Island as a Chicago brand and Goose Island as an Anheuser-Busch subsidiary has been a constant sleight of hand during the last 10 years. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Goose Island sale 10 years later: Anheuser-Busch got what it needed from the deal, but what’s left for Chicago beer drinkers is more complicated.," 27 Mar. 2021 Sanjay Dastoor, Skip’s co-founder and chief executive, said Skip scooters will continue to operate in the District under the brand but as a subsidiary of Helbiz. Washington Post, "Skip, the first company to bring e-scooters to D.C., to be acquired by competitor Helbiz," 3 Dec. 2020 ShopRunner will operate as a subsidiary of FedEx Services once the deal is complete, the delivery giant said in a statement Wednesday. Thomas Black, Bloomberg.com, "FedEx to Buy ShopRunner in Quest for Closer E-Commerce Ties," 2 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 9 May. 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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