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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 subsidize
  • Reserves of foreign currencies plunged as the new government continued to subsidize basic amenities.
  • The increase in the use of the tax code to subsidize students and families has received much less attention.
  • One solution is to subsidize the internships by increasing financial aid and program grants.
  • It would be inefficient not to subsidize colleges and their students.
  • The insinuation is that the government should leave rich people alone, not subsidize their changing of habits.
  • The gov t allocates frequencies to prevent chaos but does not subsidize one type of cell phone over another.
  • The solution is to tax non renewable energy and subsidize renewable energy.
  • Then the local power companies and government utility agencies came to subsidize them.
  • The question is whether taxpayer dollars should be used to subsidize the destruction of precious human life.
  • It's not right to make everyone subsidize their boss's education.
British Dictionary definitions for subsidize


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 subsidize

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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