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

Other Words from subsidize

subsidization \ ˌsəb-​sə-​də-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce subsidize (audio) , -​zə-​ \ noun
subsidizer noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The most successful platform, in other words, will be the one that finds a way to subsidize its own growth without compromising the quality of educational content and creativity of startups. Mila Smart Semeshkina, Forbes, 6 May 2022 To help patients with commercial health insurance to pay the sums and make sure their drugs get used, many drugmakers have established copay assistance programs that will subsidize the expense. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 4 May 2022 San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria this week launched a program to subsidize housing targeted for low-income people, including those who are homeless. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2022 The same crew that missed mortgages, pandemic, and inflation is going to figure out what businesses to subsidize, what to freeze, all to change global temperatures 100 years from now? Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 21 Nov. 2021 United plans to train 5000 pilots by 2030 and will subsidize training costs in return for a commitment to flying for the company. Bysam Sweeney, ABC News, 22 Apr. 2022 Bjelic differentiates this program from the likes of those run by Uber or Doordash, which subsidize rides and meals at the extent of profitability to generate growth on the consumer side. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Some of the revenue helps subsidize the cost of living in St. Paul. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2022 France has ended subsidies for new gas heaters in homes and will instead subsidize electric heat pumps. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of subsidize

1755, in the meaning defined above

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“Subsidize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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