Definition of cross-subsidize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkrôsˈsəbsəˌdīz/


[with object]
Subsidize (a business or activity) out of the profits of another business or activity.
Example sentences
  • In any case, public sector institutions are able to cross-subsidise losses from Government-funded domestic student operations in a way that the private sector cannot.
  • Central city residents might thus cross-subsidize the extension of services into distant suburbs.
  • Well, it is the retail part of their businesses that cross-subsidises some of the other activities that pharmacists do.



Example sentences
  • Most noticeably, privatization of infrastructure usually prevents cross-subsidization to enhance affordability for poor consumers.
  • Clearly consumers would benefit but cross-subsidisation also has the nasty effect of reducing operational efficiency and, in so doing, shareholder value.
  • That is, in economic terms, a cross-subsidisation of one by the other.


Pronunciation: /ˌkrôsˈsəbsədē/
Example sentences
  • There are two big problems with cross-subsidy as an approach to equity.
  • To develop the discussion of natural monopoly and contestability, it is important to introduce three additional economic concepts: internal cross-subsidy, avoidable costs, and shared costs.
  • They would be forced to cut the cross-subsidy and spin off their consulting operations with a ban on doing non-audit work for audit clients.

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Syllabification: cross-sub·si·dize

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