- a financial aid supplied by a government, as to industry, for reasons of public welfare, the balance of payments, etc
- a financial grant made originally for special purposes by Parliament to the Crown
- any monetary contribution, grant, or aid
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- Governmenta direct payment of money made by a government to a private commercial business or industry, an individual, or another government:The subsidies paid to the rice farmers guarantee that the farmer receives a high price without the consumer having to pay a high price, too.
- Governmentany grant or contribution of money.
n., pl. -dies.
- Business, Governmenta direct pecuniary aid furnished by a government to a private industrial undertaking, a charity organization, or the like.
- Business, Governmenta sum paid, often in accordance with a treaty, by one government to another to secure some service in return.
- Governmenta grant or contribution of money.
- British Terms, World Historymoney formerly granted by the English Parliament to the crown for special needs.
- Latin subsidium auxiliary force, reserve, help, equivalent. to sub- sub- + sid-, combining form of sedēre to sit1 + -ium -ium
- Middle English subsidie 1325–75