What does subsidy mean?

Definitions for subsidyˈsʌb sɪ di

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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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subsidy

    sub′si-di, n. assistance: aid in money: a sum of money paid by one state to another for assistance in war.—adv. Subsid′iarily.—adj. Subsid′iary, furnishing a subsidy, help, or additional supplies: aiding.—n. one who, or that which, aids or supplies: an assistant.—v.t. Sub′sidīse, to furnish with a subsidy, grant, or regular allowance: to purchase the aid of, to buy over.—Subsidiary troops, mercenaries. [Fr.,—L. subsidium, orig. troops stationed behind in reserve, aid—sub, under, sidĕre, to settle.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subsidy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subsidy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The Senate report:

    CIA Headquarters provided the Station with $[]million more than was requested for the purposes of the subsidy.

  2. Sofjan Djalil:

    We're going to have another policy on oil price introduced before the end of the year, we're going to introduce fixed subsidy (per litre).

  3. The EU:

    The subsidies scheme extension is estimated to be worth $8.7 billion and will be the largest subsidy for the civil aerospace industry in U.S. history.

  4. Secretary Sylvia Burwell:

    They would lose their subsidy, and if they lost their subsidy, (their coverage) would become unaffordable. And most of those people would potentially become uninsured.

  5. Antony Jay / Jonathon Lynn, Sir Humphrey Appleby from the:

    Subsidy is for art, for culture. It is not to be given to what the people want. It is for what the people don't want but ought to have. If they want something, they'll pay for it themselves.

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