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 reality is that such early deaths help subsidize those who live longer than expected. Shlomo Benartzi And Suzanne Shu, WSJ, "Why Retirees Are Wary of Annuities," 10 Feb. 2019 In other words, the companies don’t seem to be subsidizing the cost of the rides as severely as, say, Uber and Lyft do for their car-hailing services. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Scooter startup Bird will discount rides for people in low-income brackets," 19 July 2018 By the mid-1800s, rail had largely supplanted canals, the favored, government-subsidized, means of moving goods and passengers. Patrick Cooke, WSJ, "‘Romance of the Rails’ Review: Hear That Lonesome Whistle?," 23 Jan. 2019 The coach who trained me was government-subsidized. Matthew Sprout, Allure, "Margarita Levieva on Ageism in Hollywood and Playing Characters 10 Years Younger Than Herself," 16 Oct. 2018 Financing problems have necessitated an emergency bank loan, and elected officials in Stark County have discussed a special ballot measure for a sales tax increase to subsidize the project known as Hall of Fame Village. Dan Labbe,, "Why aren't we talking about Josh Rosen? NFL Draft show," 29 Mar. 2018 The Trump administration says the government is unfairly subsidizing Chinese companies and discriminating against foreign rivals. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Wall Street ends higher with help from tech and health care," 12 Dec. 2018 Medtronic , a medical-device maker, has subsidized a commuter van to attract employees from farther cities and made working from home an option, the company said. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Economic Damage From California Fires Spreads Further Than Blazes," 11 Dec. 2018 Bird, the rapidly expanding scooter startup, just announced a new program to subsidize rides for underserved communities and promote transit equity. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Bird scooters to offer discounted rides to low-income riders," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of subsidize

1755, in the meaning defined above

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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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