Definition of subsidiary in English:

subsidiary

adjective

  • 1Less important than but related or supplementary to something.

    ‘a subsidiary flue of the main chimney’
    ‘many argue that the cause of animal rights is subsidiary to that of protecting the environment’
    • ‘All other human faculties or needs are made subsidiary to this power.’
    • ‘The goals of healthcare policy are in danger of becoming subsidiary to those of the pharmaceutical industry.’
    • ‘She even accepted that her existence as Sarah, whilst remaining valid, was subsidiary to that task.’
    • ‘Everything else is subsidiary to maximising the retirement income of Australians.’
    • ‘It is sort of subsidiary to the question of probability.’
    • ‘It is an associated issue, which is clearly subsidiary to the main point that is raised in relation to the relationship evidence.’
    • ‘But these pleasures are subsidiary to those afforded by James's sensibility, which transforms the squalor and pettiness of crime into the grandeur of desolation.’
    • ‘However, in most situations the effects of soil are subsidiary to those of climate, vine variety, and vine management.’
    • ‘For the continental fossil record, such parameters and their evolution through time cannot be seen as a simple linear series of factors subsidiary to sea-level changes.’
    • ‘In this exhibition the parts are subsidiary to the whole - you aren't expected so much to stop and reflect on each work; each work is instead an example of a broader theme.’
    • ‘For them, a person's right to life is clearly subsidiary to the maintenance of judicial power and the idea of procedural justice.’
    • ‘Aborigines and other non-European Australians are subsidiary to Ward's analysis.’
    • ‘Programming is subsidiary to the advertisements that pay for it.’
    • ‘However, it was incidental or subsidiary to the primary purpose of the journey, which he held for each man was to go to the football match in Bolton.’
    • ‘Roads serving these centres were subsidiary to the main network.’
    • ‘It is in these circumstances that state responsibility retains an important subsidiary role.’
    • ‘Yet such details are always subsidiary to the sensual and emotional lives of her strong female characters.’
    • ‘But on any view of the allegations, taken at their highest, the role of the second applicant is regarded as significantly subsidiary to that of the first.’
    • ‘New York Life reorganised all its investment management business operations under a separate subsidiary to integrate all related functions within its group.’
    • ‘At the same time, he performed an important subsidiary function by carrying news of Jewish affairs to widely separated Jewish communities.’
    subordinate, secondary, ancillary, auxiliary, lesser, minor, subservient, supplementary, supplemental, additional, extra, attendant, peripheral
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    1. 1.1 (of a company) controlled by a holding or parent company.
      ‘all the firm's subsidiary companies have to operate under broad general guidelines’
      • ‘A third priority amendment centers on eliminating cross-shareholding between parent and subsidiary companies.’
      • ‘The IAS definition of related parties includes parent and subsidiary companies as well as individuals who exercise control over a company and members of their families.’
      • ‘Many of the companies doing business in the Bahamas are connected to parent, partner or subsidiary companies that trade on the US exchanges.’
      • ‘Company Reports are available for both parent companies and subsidiary companies.’
      • ‘It may be that they will have to offer a combination of both types of options to employees at both parent and subsidiary companies.’

noun

  • 1A company controlled by a holding company.

    ‘a subsidiary of Cable and Wireless’
    ‘the firm's Spanish subsidiary’
    • ‘As a result of the reorganization, Pegasus Satellite will become a direct subsidiary of the new holding company.’
    • ‘The figures were supplied to The Sunday Business Post by Bupa, the Irish subsidiary of British health insurer Bupa.’
    • ‘In recent years, the Fiat group has been making large investments in Maserati, which it controls through its Ferrari subsidiary.’
    • ‘Exports of joint ventures or subsidiaries of overseas companies are also on the rise.’
    • ‘In the case of subsidiaries of large corporations, the holding company may require its subsidiaries to obtain its purchases from within the group.’
    • ‘Multiline Agencies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Multiline Holdings.’
    • ‘The Czech scientists allowed the licenses to be transferred to Alpenstock Holdings, a subsidiary of Alltracel.’
    • ‘It has 14 stores and is a subsidiary of Grafton Group plc.’
    • ‘The group is the UK subsidiary of McInerney Holdings plc which was established in Ireland in 1909.’
    • ‘These are the interests of minority shareholders in subsidiaries of the group.’
    • ‘The machinery at main branch on Cairo road was swept away by bailiffs to recover money owed to Luscold, a subsidiary of the Galaun holdings.’
    • ‘The lands at Balgaddy are owned by Everglade Properties, a subsidiary of Treasury Holdings.’
    • ‘Hedlund's model involves the extreme extension of operating autonomy to business units in a group whether they are branch offices or subsidiaries.’
    • ‘Most public companies have a holding company and subsidiaries.’
    • ‘According to Fortune, about 88 per cent of the operation was bought by the holding company through a Dutch subsidiary.’
    • ‘Hilton's management agreement is with Walls Leisure Limited, a subsidiary of PJ Walls Holdings.’
    • ‘This is intended to garner tax from foreign subsidiaries of the holding company domiciled in their respective countries.’
    • ‘These individuals are usually not recruited on the open market but are sent from subcontractors and subsidiaries.’
    • ‘Bank of Ireland is one of Elan's principal bankers and its broking subsidiary, J & E Davy, is the company's broker.’
    • ‘The United States now imposes certain firewalls on bank holding companies and their subsidiaries.’
    subordinate company, wholly owned company
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    1. 1.1rare A thing that is of lesser importance than but related to something else.
      ‘Mozart follows his first theme by a crowd of subsidiaries’

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘serving to help or supplement’): from Latin subsidiarius, from subsidium ‘support, assistance’ (see subsidy).

Pronunciation

subsidiary

/səbˈsɪdɪəri/