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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.
Origin of subsidize
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 subsidise
  • We subsidise our huge violent food production system and then sell the end result for less than half the production costs.
  • We are in a global market, competing with countries who subsidise there businesses, and pay for health care with tax money.
  • Companies with good risk do not have to subsidise those with bad.
  • Some rich governments choose to subsidise expensive weddings.
  • In this way, a minority of paying customers subsidise the game for everyone else.
  • The higher fees they pay at university subsidise domestic students.
  • At the same time the taxes that are paid by others to subsidise the heavy use of the highway would be reduced.
  • The central government also continues to subsidise the cost of electricity to the tune of billions of dollars a year.
  • Some cities also planned to subsidise access for poor residents.
  • Some use the profits from their main business to cross-subsidise their charitable work.
British Dictionary definitions for subsidise


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 subsidise

chiefly British English spelling of subsidize. For suffix, see -ize. Related: Subsidised; subsidising.



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.

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