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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web China, like the United States, does not subsidize maternity leave. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "In China, Working Mothers Say They Are Fired or Sidelined," 1 Nov. 2019 So the government subsidizes captive elephant breeding. National Geographic, "Episode 3: The Hidden Cost of the Perfect Selfie," 29 Oct. 2019 The interest income from Libra's bond holdings of sovereign bonds will subsidize payments on the Libra network, which Libra's backers hope will further encourage adoption. Diego Zuluaga For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "If Facebook doesn't launch Libra, someone else should," 23 Oct. 2019 Rather than depend solely on media campaigns or organic growth, the mobile money and payments service started by Opera has massively subsidized rides on ORide, its bike-hailing service, to popularize the money money platform among mass market users. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria is finally turning to telcos to drive financial inclusion through mobile money," 10 Oct. 2019 Several of the nuclear plants are now being subsidized to stay online. Brian Eckhouse And Naureen Malik, Houston Chronicle, "Every U.S. grid is getting greener, except the one that matters," 20 Sep. 2019 Officials hoped to tap an FCC program known as E-rate, which subsidizes broadband access in public schools. Alfred Miller, ProPublica, "How Kentucky Gambled for Hundreds of Millions of Dollars From a Broadband Program It Didn’t Qualify for," 4 Sep. 2019 While New York, New Jersey and Illinois all subsidize nuclear power as part of their clean-energy strategies, Ohio is the first to do so by directly yanking support from renewables. Will Wade / Bloomberg, Time, "A Fight Over Subsidies for 2 Ohio Nuclear Plants Draws Claim That China Is 'Invading' the Electric Grid," 30 Aug. 2019 How tipping became a big issue DoorDash initially came under fire for its tipping policy back in February, when customers realized that the company, along with other food delivery apps, was subsidizing workers’ pay with customers’ tip money. Shirin Ghaffary, Vox, "DoorDash is still pocketing workers’ tips, almost a month after it promised to stop," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of subsidize

1755, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 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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