Definition of subvent in US English:



[with object]formal
  • Support or assist by the payment of a subvention.

    ‘most of the projects had been subvented rather than controlled by government’
    • ‘The Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the HKSAR Government subvents twenty-two residential camps and three water sports centers.’
    • ‘Already, the taxpayer is subventing the political-bureaucratic elite to a significant extent.’
    • ‘In addition, some form of subsidy through increased children's allowance, income tax relief or subventing the providers directly would help reduce childcare costs.’
    • ‘Directly subventing crèches by €50 per child per week could cost a startling €470m.’
    • ‘So, they are allowed rip customers off and they can rely on the taxpayer to subvent the cost of the armed escorts that guard their money while it is being transferred.’


Early 20th century: from Latin subvent- ‘assisted’, from the verb subvenire (see subvention).