One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A grant of money, especially from a government.‘Ottawa has begun to cut federal subventions to the provinces’mass noun ‘a complex network of public subvention for poets’
grant, allowance, endowment, contribution, donation, bursary, gift, present, investment, bestowal, benefaction, allocation, allotment, handoutView synonyms
- ‘They are only human, after all: if there are grants and subventions going, they will join the queue.’
- ‘They have also demanded a cut in the lower rates of income tax as a way of providing a subvention to the miserly wages paid by the corporations.’
- ‘Many are also looking for information on nursing home subventions and living alone allowances, she said.’
- ‘At the same time, they sought a cut in the lower rates of income tax as a way of providing a state subvention to their workers' poverty-level wages.’
- ‘Cutting subventions and stipends and increasing taxes and license fees - it seems the government is on a money-saving and revenue-generating path.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘provision of help’): from Old French, from late Latin subventio(n-), from Latin subvenire ‘assist’, from sub- ‘from below’ + venire ‘come’.
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