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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Foxconn’s plan to build an LCD factory in Wisconsin — subsidized by up to $4 billion in tax credits, infrastructure investment, and direct cash payments from the state — isn’t going so well. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Foxconn exec complains about not being able to change Wisconsin plans whenever it wants," 5 July 2019 Because military education benefits are not included in that limit, many schools aggressively recruit veterans and are almost entirely subsidized by taxpayers. Alexei Koseff,, "California bill targeting for-profit colleges is gutted," 1 July 2019 The company was competing with Boeing to build a plane that would be subsidized by the federal government., "Today: Across the Democratic Divide," 27 June 2019 Dining options for the facility’s 1,500 workers include a salad bar as well as pizza and grill stations, partially subsidized by ASOS. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Warehouse Design Steals a Page From Tech Playbook," 25 June 2019 And while Jefferson County's costs are subsidized by the state — which pays a daily rate per youth in detention — Jefferson County's costs run far higher than the rest of the state's juvenile services, Tilley said. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "State says it can't operate a juvenile detention center in Jefferson County," 21 June 2019 First, emerging East Asian countries adopted the Hamiltonian program of development subsidized by high tariffs. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "The Green New Deal: A Capitalist Plot (Part 1)," 20 June 2019 Family health insurance is heavily subsidized by the company. Debra Gelbart, azcentral, "Equity Methods – Small Company Winner," 13 June 2019 In its ashes came the NWSL, downsized even more and subsidized by U.S. Soccer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Women’s soccer’s journey from promise of 1999 to reality of 2019," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of subsidize

1755, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jul 2019

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The first known use of subsidize was in 1755

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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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