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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In the decades following the Great Depression, the Federal government—as well as states and cities—subsidized the creation and consumption of single-family homes. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Why Housing Policy Feels Like Generational Warfare," 13 June 2019 The council board has been subsidizing dues with money from the operating budget so that girls pay $20 and adults pay $15. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Girls Scouts council in Fairbanks wins legal skirmish with national organization," 16 Sep. 2019 All those freebies round out Embiid’s line, subsidizing for his more ambitious attempts. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Smith, an eccentric millionaire who subsidized anti-slavery activists, provided his most important service to anti-slavery constitutionalism by converting Garrison’s protégé, Frederick Douglass. Timothy Sandefur, National Review, "The Anti-Slavery Constitution," 12 Sep. 2019 Starting in 2000, Australia began approving and subsidizing certain opioids for use in chronic, non-cancer pain. Kristen Gelineau,, "Opioid crisis goes global as Australia fails to heed the lessons of the United States," 5 Sep. 2019 In 2016, the federal government spent ninety-one billion dollars subsidizing college attendance; for as little as seventy-nine billion dollars, tuition could be eliminated at all public colleges. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Student Debt Is Transforming the American Family," 2 Sep. 2019 Maryland households with income below 200% of the federal poverty line qualify for non-cash TANF benefits — which can include transportation, child care or subsidized employment — and are eligible for SNAP benefits, according to state rules. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Trump administration change could eliminate food assistance for estimated 15,000 Baltimore residents," 22 Aug. 2019 Tuesday, the city gave out another $2.1 million to remake the decades-old American Legion hall, build affordably priced townhouses, subsidize office space and spark creation of jobs for people who live in the northwest. Brittany Wallman,, "Fort Lauderdale fuels northwest building boom with $2.1 million for developers," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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