Definition of subsidize in English:


Syllabification: sub·si·dize
Pronunciation: /ˈsəbsəˌdīz


[with object]
  • 1Support (an organization or activity) financially: it was beyond the power of a state to subsidize a business
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    • The Agriculture State Fund subsidises several organic production activities, although there is still no official body which can issue organic production certificates.
    • And a proportion of profit from the treks goes into a separate fund to subsidize village activities or be shared amongst villagers.
    • It does not make good business sense for the country to have taxpayers subsidize these activities any more than other hobbies.
    give money to, pay a subsidy to, contribute to, invest in, sponsor, support, fund, finance, underwrite
    informal shell out for, fork out for, cough up for
  • 1.1Pay part of the cost of producing (something) to reduce prices for the buyer: the government subsidizes basic goods including sugar, petroleum, and wheat
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    • When these products are subsidized, they are sold at very low prices on the international market.
    • The workers survive by raising rabbits which they sell and they sometimes subsidize their food by going door to door with a basket and asking for donations.
    • What better way to make a quick buck than to sell off the government subsidized apartments and turf the 23,000 residents out of house and home?



Pronunciation: /ˌsəbsədiˈzāSHən/
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  • ‘I only wish I could somehow test and comply for alcohol and gambling, too, since there shouldn't be taxpayer subsidization of any of these unnecessary vices,’ Seifert said.
  • Their lives are of no consequence, compared to the free markets which would spring forth, along with regulation, taxation, subsidization, and other free institutions like we have here.
  • This subsidization of drug companies by the taxpayers became officially sanctioned by Congress in 1980, when the Bayh-Dole Act was passed.


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  • Other subsidisers - including the US - would make lower but proportional cuts, the EU proposal said.
  • The federal authorities, too, were subsidizers, tolerating the tax arrears of energy supply companies so long as they maintained electricity to non-paying customers, such as military installations or giant employers.
  • To survive, all they need do is satisfy their subsidizers (governments and boards of education) and comply with regulations.

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