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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is in these circumstances that state responsibility retains an important subsidiary role.’
    • ‘It is sort of subsidiary to the question of probability.’
    • ‘Yet such details are always subsidiary to the sensual and emotional lives of her strong female characters.’
    • ‘All other human faculties or needs are made subsidiary to this power.’
    • ‘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 them, a person's right to life is clearly subsidiary to the maintenance of judicial power and the idea of procedural justice.’
    • ‘At the same time, he performed an important subsidiary function by carrying news of Jewish affairs to widely separated Jewish communities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everything else is subsidiary to maximising the retirement income of Australians.’
    • ‘She even accepted that her existence as Sarah, whilst remaining valid, was subsidiary to that task.’
    • ‘The goals of healthcare policy are in danger of becoming subsidiary to those of the pharmaceutical industry.’
    • ‘Aborigines and other non-European Australians are subsidiary to Ward's analysis.’
    • ‘Roads serving these centres were subsidiary to the main network.’
    • ‘However, in most situations the effects of soil are subsidiary to those of climate, vine variety, and vine management.’
    • ‘It is an associated issue, which is clearly subsidiary to the main point that is raised in relation to the relationship evidence.’
    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.
      • ‘It may be that they will have to offer a combination of both types of options to employees at both 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.’
      • ‘Many of the companies doing business in the Bahamas are connected to parent, partner or subsidiary companies that trade on the US exchanges.’
      • ‘A third priority amendment centers on eliminating cross-shareholding between parent and subsidiary companies.’

noun

  • 1A company controlled by a holding company.

    • ‘It has 14 stores and is a subsidiary of Grafton Group plc.’
    • ‘The Czech scientists allowed the licenses to be transferred to Alpenstock Holdings, a subsidiary of Alltracel.’
    • ‘This is intended to garner tax from foreign subsidiaries of the holding company domiciled in their respective countries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The figures were supplied to The Sunday Business Post by Bupa, the Irish subsidiary of British health insurer Bupa.’
    • ‘Hilton's management agreement is with Walls Leisure Limited, a subsidiary of PJ Walls Holdings.’
    • ‘Exports of joint ventures or subsidiaries of overseas companies are also on the rise.’
    • ‘Multiline Agencies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Multiline Holdings.’
    • ‘These individuals are usually not recruited on the open market but are sent from subcontractors and subsidiaries.’
    • ‘These are the interests of minority shareholders in subsidiaries of the group.’
    • ‘The group is the UK subsidiary of McInerney Holdings plc which was established in Ireland in 1909.’
    • ‘The United States now imposes certain firewalls on bank holding companies and their subsidiaries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the case of subsidiaries of large corporations, the holding company may require its subsidiaries to obtain its purchases from within the group.’
    • ‘In recent years, the Fiat group has been making large investments in Maserati, which it controls through its Ferrari subsidiary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bank of Ireland is one of Elan's principal bankers and its broking subsidiary, J & E Davy, is the company's broker.’
    • ‘As a result of the reorganization, Pegasus Satellite will become a direct subsidiary of the new holding company.’
    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/