Definition of subsidiary in English:

subsidiary

adjective

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

    ‘many environmentalists argue that the cause of animal rights is subsidiary to that of protecting the environment’
    • ‘New York Life reorganised all its investment management business operations under a separate subsidiary to integrate all related functions within its group.’
    • ‘For them, a person's right to life is clearly subsidiary to the maintenance of judicial power and the idea of procedural justice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Roads serving these centres were subsidiary to the main network.’
    • ‘It is sort of subsidiary to the question of probability.’
    • ‘Everything else is subsidiary to maximising the retirement income of Australians.’
    • ‘At the same time, he performed an important subsidiary function by carrying news of Jewish affairs to widely separated Jewish communities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All other human faculties or needs are made subsidiary to this power.’
    • ‘Aborigines and other non-European Australians are subsidiary to Ward's analysis.’
    • ‘Programming is subsidiary to the advertisements that pay for it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, in most situations the effects of soil are subsidiary to those of climate, vine variety, and vine management.’
    • ‘She even accepted that her existence as Sarah, whilst remaining valid, was subsidiary to that task.’
    • ‘Yet such details are always subsidiary to the sensual and emotional lives of her strong female characters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The goals of healthcare policy are in danger of becoming subsidiary to those of the pharmaceutical industry.’
    • ‘It is in these circumstances that state responsibility retains an important subsidiary role.’
    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.
      • ‘Many of the companies doing business in the Bahamas are connected to parent, partner or subsidiary companies that trade on the US exchanges.’
      • ‘It may be that they will have to offer a combination of both types of options to employees at both parent and subsidiary companies.’
      • ‘A third priority amendment centers on eliminating cross-shareholding between parent and subsidiary companies.’
      • ‘Company Reports are available for both parent companies 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.’

noun

  • 1A company controlled by a holding company.

    • ‘Most public companies have a holding company and subsidiaries.’
    • ‘In recent years, the Fiat group has been making large investments in Maserati, which it controls through its Ferrari subsidiary.’
    • ‘The Czech scientists allowed the licenses to be transferred to Alpenstock Holdings, a subsidiary of Alltracel.’
    • ‘In the case of subsidiaries of large corporations, the holding company may require its subsidiaries to obtain its purchases from within the group.’
    • ‘According to Fortune, about 88 per cent of the operation was bought by the holding company through a Dutch subsidiary.’
    • ‘Multiline Agencies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Multiline Holdings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The figures were supplied to The Sunday Business Post by Bupa, the Irish subsidiary of British health insurer Bupa.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has 14 stores and is a subsidiary of Grafton Group plc.’
    • ‘The lands at Balgaddy are owned by Everglade Properties, a subsidiary of Treasury Holdings.’
    • ‘These individuals are usually not recruited on the open market but are sent from subcontractors and subsidiaries.’
    • ‘As a result of the reorganization, Pegasus Satellite will become a direct subsidiary of the new holding company.’
    • ‘Exports of joint ventures or subsidiaries of overseas companies are also on the rise.’
    • ‘These are the interests of minority shareholders in subsidiaries of the group.’
    • ‘Hedlund's model involves the extreme extension of operating autonomy to business units in a group whether they are branch offices or subsidiaries.’
    • ‘The group is the UK subsidiary of McInerney Holdings plc which was established in Ireland in 1909.’
    • ‘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

/səbˈsɪdiˌɛri//səbˈsidēˌerē/