sub·​si·​dize | \ ˈsəb-sə-ˌdīz How to pronounce subsidize (audio) , -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 How to pronounce subsidization (audio) , -​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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One of the sharing that used to go on in firms in the old days was that the older employees essentially subsidized the young employees. Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 2018 In Belgium for a NATO summit earlier this week, Trump restated his belief that the U.S. was largely subsidizing the defense of member nations and urged them to contribute a larger percentage of their gross national product to the alliance. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Morning Spin: Asked about trade war, Sanguinetti echoes Trump on NATO," 13 July 2018 But Quartz estimates Wisconsin taxpayers are subsidizing Foxconn at a rate of $307,692 for each worker. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Trump's trade war comes to Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 The buses are being subsidized by state megaproject funds, to offset parking and access hassles during construction of the Highway 99 tunnel. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Waterfront shuttle buses extended through summer 2019," 1 Oct. 2018 The Atlanta City Council approved the airport deal with SunTrust earlier this month, over the objections of airport advertising contractor Clear Channel, which wanted to offer free ATMs subsidized by advertising. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "SunTrust aims to spread name with airport branch, ATMs," 20 June 2018 In normal times, the farm bill was ultimately designed to offer benefits to both very rural and very urban districts, essentially subsidized by suburban districts. John Patty, Vox, "What the farm bill’s failure says about congressional function," 21 May 2018 The Pistons partnership will also bolster the orchestra's Educational Concert Series, which has seen increased student attendance in recent years because of $1 tickets subsidized by the Blumenstein Future Audiences Fund. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons team up with DSO to expand youth music programs," 7 May 2018 Those with jobs subsidized by the program will earn minimum wage while working 30 hours per week. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Is your kid looking for a summer job? Here's help landing part-time work in Louisville," 5 Mar. 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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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