subvention

noun sub·ven·tion \ səb-ˈven(t)-shən \

Definition of subvention

: the provision of assistance or financial support: such as
a : endowment
b : a subsidy from a government or foundation

subventionary

play \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective

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Examples of subvention in a Sentence

  1. the committee receives an annual subvention from the foundation to run the museum

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Did You Know?

A subvention is a form of assistance, so it should come as no surprise to learn that the term "subvention" can be traced back to the Late Latin noun subventio, meaning "assistance." "Subventio" in turn derives from Latin subvenire, meaning "to come up or "to come to the rescue." (Another descendant of "subvenire" in English is the more common word souvenir.) "Subvention" also functions as a verb meaning "to provide with a subvention." The verb "subvention" is a very uncommon word, and it has an equally uncommon synonym, "subvent." The latter was likely coined by speakers unaware that the verb "subvention" already existed.

Origin and Etymology of subvention

Middle English subvencion, from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French subvenciȯn, from Late Latin subvention-, subventio assistance, from Latin subvenire to come up, come to the rescue, from sub- up + venire to come — more at sub-, come


SUBVENTION Defined for English Language Learners

subvention

noun

Definition of subvention for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of money that is given to a person or group by a government or organization



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