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[suhb-si-dahyz] /ˈsʌb sɪˌdaɪz/
verb (used with object), subsidized, subsidizing.
to furnish or aid with a subsidy.
to purchase the assistance of by the payment of a subsidy.
to secure the cooperation of by bribery; buy over.
Also, especially British, subsidise.
1785-95; subsid(y) + -ize
Related forms
subsidizable, adjective
subsidization, noun
subsidizer, noun
desubsidization, noun
desubsidize, verb (used with object), desubsidized, desubsidizing.
nonsubsidized, adjective
unsubsidized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for subsidized
  • subsidized housing on campus is offered, along with basic health care services.
  • But they don't get subsidized because they're good and hardworking people.
  • For several decades natural gas production has subsidized a welfare system.
  • The value of the food that the land can produce far exceeds the subsidized and thus negative value of current biofuel.
  • The office has planned for this and a subsidized cafeteria has been built for the employees.
  • Both devices are heavily subsidized and depend on sometimes-contentious negotiations with local partners.
  • They would be required to work in intelligence for a time equal to the period for which their studies were subsidized.
  • But only to the extent that they have been unwisely subsidized in the past.
  • We do not accept proposals about trips that are subsidized in any way.
  • If the economics don't work, ventures die or must be subsidized.
British Dictionary definitions for subsidized


verb (transitive)
to aid or support with a subsidy
to obtain the aid of by means of a subsidy
Derived Forms
subsidizable, subsidisable, adjective
subsidization, subsidisation, noun
subsidizer, subsidiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for subsidized



1795, from subsidy + -ize. Originally "to pay to hire" (mercenaries, foreign troops, etc.), also of nations, "to buy neutrality or alliance." Meaning "to bribe" is from 1815. Meaning "to support by grants of (often government) money" is from 1828. Related: Subsidized; subsidizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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