subsidize meaning  To subsidize something is to support it by providing it with money or other resources. Don’t expect your parents to subsidize your addiction to solid-gold puppy figurines.

We can break down the word subsidize to help us remember its meaning. The prefix sub- means “under, below” and sedēre means “to sit.” (A submarine is a ship that goes under the sea.) So to subsidize is to underwrite something financially, providing the support that keeps it going. For example, our taxes are used by the government to subsidize many educational and social programs.

Definitions of subsidize
  1. verb

    support through subsidies

    “The arts in Europe are heavily
    subsidized

    synonyms:
    subsidise

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    type of:

    support

    support materially or financially
  2. verb

    secure the assistance of by granting a subsidy, as of nations or military forces

    synonyms:
    subsidise

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    type of:

    pay

    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
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