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 two topics at hand on this day: Whether to subsidize space exploration and whether to increase the use of telemedicine. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "IBM's Jeopardy-Winning AI Is Now Ready to Debate You," 19 June 2018 Hualapai chairperson Clarke says the tribe’s health department, senior programs, EMS, and partial college scholarships are all subsidized by Grand Canyon West revenues. Annette Mcgivney, Outside Online, "300 Flights Through the Grand Canyon's Helicopter Alley," 24 May 2018 Young kids can’t easily forage for their own food, and if a mother is caring for new children, grandmothers would have effectively subsidized child care, Hawkes says. National Geographic, "Is Maternal Instinct Only for Moms? Here's the Science.," 9 May 2018 Many agencies are subsidizing travel in ride-hailing vehicles to meet the needs of certain rider groups. Daniel Sperling, Scientific American, "Can Ride-Hailing Improve Public Transportation Instead of Undercutting It?," 5 July 2018 The apartment building is used by tenants 55 and older, and some of the rents are subsidized. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Facing lawsuit that it embezzled at least $1M, property management company files bankruptcy," 29 June 2018 Amtrak, which is federally subsidized, has been adopting services that airlines have been introducing in recent years, such as Wi-Fi and outlets at every seat. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Amtrak now offering assigned seating on Acela first class," 30 May 2018 DeLaney also is against the county using its funds to subsidize ambulance service from Porter EMS. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "GOP incumbent facing challenge in Porter County Council District 1 primary race," 7 Apr. 2018 As Lane Windham notes in Knocking on Labor’s Door, the government subsidized the provision of health care by employers, and provided a stick to workers in the form of government support for union organizing. Sarah Jaffe, New Republic, "How the Media Is Abetting the GOP’s War on “Welfare”," 31 Jan. 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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