sub·​si·​dy | \ˈsəb-sə-dē, -zə-\
plural subsidies

Definition of subsidy 

: a grant or gift of money: such as

a : a sum of money formerly granted by the British Parliament to the crown and raised by special taxation

b : money granted by one state to another

c : a grant by a government to a private person or company to assist an enterprise deemed advantageous to the public

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Examples of subsidy in a Sentence

The city is increasing subsidies for public transit. government subsidies for farmers in case of crop failure

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Those government subsidies come from the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF). Makena Kelly, The Verge, "FCC proposes doubling speed requirement for rural broadband," 20 Nov. 2018 The subsidy program paid them about $30 to $50 an acre, for up to 15 years. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Man Who Steered Timber Subsidy Program Calls It His Biggest Regret," 19 Oct. 2018 First, the cost of solar panels has obviously been tumbling, especially after the Chinese government recently cancelled a subsidy program for solar panels in that country, causing demand in China to drop. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Are super-cheap solar fields in the Middle East just loss-leaders?," 8 Oct. 2018 Starting on May 30th thousands of Jordanians came out to protest against subsidy cuts and new taxes planned by the government of Hani Mulki. The Economist, "Jordan’s King Abdullah tries to calm an angry public," 6 June 2018 Demonstrators, spurred by tax hikes and subsidy cuts, had called on the prime minister to step down. Kareem Khadder And Jomana Karadsheh, CNN, "Jordan's prime minister steps down after mass protests," 4 June 2018 One that particularly resonated with rural Malays, some of whom ended up casting swing votes in favor of the opposition, was a farm subsidy program that, by some accounts, was missing around $750 million. New York Times, "A Stunning, Sudden Fall for Najib Razak, Malaysia’s ‘Man of Steal’," 15 May 2018 Such issues, together with subsidy cuts and other policy changes, last year led to a 32% decline in investment in solar power, says Hisayo Takada, Japan energy project leader for Greenpeace Japan in Tokyo. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Bucking global trends, Japan again embraces coal power," 2 May 2018 If the client has a financial need, there is a MOW subsidy program to assist. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of subsidy

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subsidy

Middle English subsidie, from Anglo-French, from Latin subsidium reserve troops, support, assistance, from sub- near + sedēre to sit — more at sub-, sit

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English Language Learners Definition of subsidy

: money that is paid usually by a government to keep the price of a product or service low or to help a business or organization to continue to function

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