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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The debate concerns nominees for the board of directors at Ex-Im, which subsidizes companies that export and sticks taxpayers with the lending risk. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Honey, We Shrunk the Ex-Im Bank," 1 May 2019 The building qualified for the 421a tax abatement program, which subsidizes buyers’ property taxes for most of a 15-year window. New York Times, "New Buildings Rise in Flood Zones," 6 July 2018 Companies pay monthly fees for their recyclables to be picked up from businesses like Phoenix Recycling, which subsidizes the high costs of transportation to facilities that repurpose glass. Kendra Parks,, "City suspends glass recycling at drop-off center starting April 14," 11 Apr. 2018 And the federal government, which subsidizes plans for lower-income consumers through tax credits, will have to spend more money. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Study: Trump’s Obamacare Sabotage Will Leave Millions More Uninsured," 27 Feb. 2018 All trips via the Company’s shuttles this month were subsidized by the energy drink. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 Adopting a child out of foster care is free because the costs are subsidized by the government. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "My Long, Messy, Beautifully Complicated Path to Adopting My Son," 1 Oct. 2018 Most of those wind farms are subsidized in part by the government with the goal of promoting and building up sustainable energy innovation. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New Dutch wind farm among the first to be built without government subsidy," 28 Mar. 2018 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

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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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