subsidy

noun sub·si·dy \ ˈsəb-sə-dē , -zə- \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of subsidy

plural subsidies
: 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

Examples of subsidy in a Sentence

  1. The city is increasing subsidies for public transit.

  2. government subsidies for farmers in case of crop failure

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Origin and Etymology of subsidy

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


SUBSIDY Defined for English Language Learners

subsidy

noun

Definition of subsidy for English Language Learners

  • : 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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