- 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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- a 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.
- any grant or contribution of money. See -sid-.