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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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  • Make sure you get fully subsidised housing or on campus housing.
  • Most, if not all the world's high speed trains are heavily subsidised, noisy and fatal to any wildlife that gets in their way.
  • In a sense the environment has subsidised our quality of life.
  • Basic intuition: a subsidised deposit insurance scheme increases rents for successful bankers.
  • Half of this is spent on social programmes, from zinc roofs and livestock to subsidised bus travel.
  • These confer access to subsidised education and better health care than in the countryside.
  • In either case household income is reduced, and exporters and users of capital are subsidised.
  • The generals subsidised sales of television sets to build a sense of nationhood in a large and then largely illiterate country.
  • But half the population has been unable to buy or rent private housing and so live in small government-subsidised flats.
  • Federal loans are subsidised, and they offer better forgiveness and repayment provisions.
British Dictionary definitions for subsidised


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 subsidised



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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