sub·​si·​dize | \ˈsəb-sə-ˌdīz, -zə-\
subsidized; subsidizing

Definition of subsidize 

transitive verb

: to furnish with a subsidy: such as

a : to purchase the assistance of by payment of a subsidy

b : to aid or promote (someone or something, such as a private enterprise) with public money subsidize soybean farmers subsidize public transportation

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Other Words from subsidize

subsidization \ˌsəb-​sə-​də-​ˈzā-​shən, -​zə-​ \ noun
subsidizer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for subsidize


endow, finance, fund


defund, disendow

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Examples of subsidize in a Sentence

The state subsidizes housing for low-income families. She feels that private businesses should not be subsidized by taxpayers. The company subsidizes health insurance for its employees.
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The Mexican government subsidizes electricity use by small consumers, and Mr. López Obrador says his administration intends to lower electricity rates by making more use of CFE’s hydroelectric capacity. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, "Mexico Postpones Clean-Energy Auction," 4 Dec. 2018 Customer energy bills subsidized the billions of dollars of construction that would ultimately go nowhere. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Owner of failed nuclear plant might use golden parachute fund in settlement," 27 Nov. 2018 Starbucks will heavily subsidize up to 10 days a year of backup child care and senior care for its more than 180,000 U.S. employees, the company said Tuesday. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Starbucks adds subsidized backup child and senior care to U.S. benefits package," 9 Oct. 2018 There is a view held in Europe, Japan, and elsewhere that SpaceX and, to a lesser extent, other US companies are heavily subsidized by the US military. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Scotland’s NIMBY problem, SpaceX test firing, Soyuz mishap," 2 Nov. 2018 Yet the reality is Northern Ireland has always been treated differently from the rest of the U.K. It is heavily subsidized by the British state. Amanda Sloat, Time, "Brexit Could Jeopardize Peace in Northern Ireland—and America Is Ignoring It," 29 June 2018 All the companies proposed fairly similar programs to provide free or heavily subsidized rides to people from low-income neighborhoods, as well as ways for people without smartphones or bank accounts to rent the scooters. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Scooter firms’ SF permit applications revealed: They promise to behave," 15 June 2018 Like presidents before him, Mr. Macron is ordering his 1,200 plates from a porcelain factory in Sèvres that is heavily subsidized by the state and has supplied France’s rulers since the 18th century. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Let Them Eat on Fancy Plates: Emmanuel Macron’s New China," 14 June 2018 Ultimately, truckers and many other sectors in Latin America’s largest nation want a permanent return to the recent past, when the government and Petrobras would set fuel prices that were heavily subsidized. Washington Post, "Petrobras CEO resigns, raising questions over Brazil economy," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of subsidize

1755, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of subsidize

: to help someone or something pay for the costs of (something)

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