Definitions for subsidyˈsʌb sɪ di

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•si•dyˈsʌb sɪ di(n.)(pl.)-dies.

  1. a direct financial aid furnished by a government, as to a private commercial enterprise, an individual, or another government.

    Category: Government

  2. any grant or contribution of money.

    Category: Government

  3. money formerly granted by the English Parliament to the crown for special needs.

    Category: British, Western History

Origin of subsidy:

1325–75; ME subsidie < AF < L subsidium auxiliary force, reserve, help =sub-sub - +sid-, comb. form of sedēre to sit

Princeton's WordNet

  1. subsidy(noun)

    a grant paid by a government to an enterprise that benefits the public

    "a subsidy for research in artificial intelligence"


  1. subsidy(Noun)

    financial support or assistance, such as a grant

  2. subsidy(Noun)

    money granted by parliament to the British Crown

  3. Origin: From subsidium, from subsidere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subsidy(noun)

    support; aid; cooperation; esp., extraordinary aid in money rendered to the sovereign or to a friendly power

  2. Subsidy(noun)

    specifically: A sum of money paid by one sovereign or nation to another to purchase the cooperation or the neutrality of such sovereign or nation in war

  3. Subsidy(noun)

    a grant from the government, from a municipal corporation, or the like, to a private person or company to assist the establishment or support of an enterprise deemed advantageous to the public; a subvention; as, a subsidy to the owners of a line of ocean steamships


  1. Subsidy

    A subsidy is a grant or other financial assistance given by one party for the support or development of another. Subsidy has been used by economists with different meanings and connotations in different contexts. According to one OECD definition, “A subsidy is a measure that keeps prices for consumers below market levels, or keeps prices for producers above market levels or that reduces costs for both producers and consumers by giving direct or indirect support." The most common definition of a subsidy refers to a payment made by the government to a producer. Subsidies can be direct – cash grants, interest-free loans – or indirect – tax breaks, insurance, low-interest loans, depreciation write-offs, rent rebates. This form of support can be legal, illegal, ethical or unethical. Subsidies are used for a variety of purposes, including employment, production and exports. Subsidies are often regarded as a form of protectionism or trade barrier by making domestic goods and services artificially competitive against imports. Subsidies may distort markets, and can impose large economic costs. Financial assistance in the form of a subsidy may come from one's government, but the term subsidy may also refer to assistance granted by others, such as individuals or non-governmental institutions.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'subsidy' in Nouns Frequency: #1977

Translations for subsidy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a sum of) money paid by a government etc to an industry etc that needs help, or to farmers etc to keep the price of their products low.

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