Definition of subsidize in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Support (an organization or activity) financially.

    ‘it was beyond the power of a state to subsidize a business’
    • ‘What happens here is that the little investors are subsidising the fortune-making of larger shareholders on the inside who had bought their shares at rock bottom prices initially.’
    • ‘The question was about whether a business should be subsidised by another business.’
    • ‘In India, most higher institutions are public financed and subsidized.’
    • ‘Farmers appear to think that they have a god-given right to carry on in a loss making business, subsidized by the rest of us.’
    • ‘It does not make good business sense for the country to have taxpayers subsidize these activities any more than other hobbies.’
    • ‘Instead of abandoning these millions, why not put the money to good use by reducing business rates, national insurance contributions or by subsidising the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme?’
    • ‘Government must continue to subsidize social work and community development being performed by private groups.’
    • ‘And they subsidise their political activities with the proceeds of crime.’
    • ‘And a proportion of profit from the treks goes into a separate fund to subsidize village activities or be shared amongst villagers.’
    • ‘Some may be surprised to learn that taxpayers' money is spent on subsidising purely commercial activities.’
    • ‘Due to the overlap between politics and business these banks have suffered heavy losses from subsidizing state-run enterprises and bad loans.’
    • ‘As an Irish taxpayer, I subsidise that support structure while new moms who work beside me cannot get State help for child support.’
    • ‘The Ohio constitution made it impossible for the city to influence investment decisions at the margin through the usual method of subsidising a private venture.’
    • ‘It bailed out, and then subsidized, the financially faltering Partisan Review and Kenyon Review.’
    • ‘He said the Government's decision to reduce duties on the items was to lower the cost of food prices at the cash register and not to subsidise businesses.’
    • ‘The Agriculture State Fund subsidises several organic production activities, although there is still no official body which can issue organic production certificates.’
    • ‘Shaw requested that the income from his legacy should be distributed to subsidise cultural activities in Carlow.’
    • ‘The draft is supposed to structurally subsidize the worst organizations and give them the fairest chance of catching the best ones.’
    • ‘Elf used a system of split commissions as a way of maintaining French influence and later subsidising Gaullist political activities.’
    • ‘Many Council members say they have few qualms about cutting millions of dollars earmarked for attracting new businesses and even subsidizing the Convention Center.’
    give money to, pay a subsidy to, give a grant to, contribute to, make a contribution to, invest in, sponsor, fund, finance, provide capital for, provide finance for, capitalize, underwrite
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    1. 1.1 Pay part of the cost of producing (something) to reduce prices for the buyer.
      ‘the government subsidizes basic goods including sugar, petroleum, and wheat’
      • ‘All right, suppose the majority decide they want to subsidise fuel prices so that it's cheaper to run a car, rather than taxing fuel.’
      • ‘One way to overcome difference in costs would be to subsidise travel for patients requiring longer journeys.’
      • ‘Its aim was to help poor schools cross the digital divide by subsidizing their access costs.’
      • ‘Already before it for consideration and approval are two critical options: subsidising the cost of food and pursuing bulk imports of food.’
      • ‘In fact, there is ample evidence that timber production is subsidized by low government prices for standing timber on federal and state lands.’
      • ‘In many countries in the global south, the government subsidizes basic items, such as food, rice, bread, or cooking oil to keep them affordable for poor people.’
      • ‘Unable to promote self-sustaining growth or further redistribution, the regime preserved social order through the 1980s by subsidizing the cost of food and other necessities.’
      • ‘When these products are subsidized, they are sold at very low prices on the international market.’
      • ‘Instead it needs to subsidise organic and healthy food.’
      • ‘There is something to be said about the government allocating almost a quarter of its spending this year to subsidize domestic fuel prices, but that is another story.’
      • ‘Pro-family initiatives have included everything from subsidizing candlelit dinners on Valentine's Day to speed dating.’
      • ‘King said the municipality had a policy in the urban areas to subsidise burial costs where a family was genuinely indigent.’
      • ‘In Ron's view subsidies should be accompanied by price fixing of the product being subsidised.’
      • ‘What better way to make a quick buck than to sell off the government subsidized apartments and turf the 23,000 residents out of house and home?’
      • ‘I do not believe the imposition of high subscription prices helps subsidise access for people in developing countries.’
      • ‘The workers survive by raising rabbits which they sell and they sometimes subsidize their food by going door to door with a basket and asking for donations.’
      • ‘Necker, of course, stood for control of the grain trade and subsidized bread prices.’
      • ‘Some states, by subsidizing exam costs, make the exams more widely and equitably available.’
      • ‘I think that the profit on drinks subsidises the cost of the food in a lot of places.’
      • ‘For how long will rural dwellers subsidise city petrol prices?’