- The definition of a subsidy is money or grants given by the government to support a project, business or industry, or a grant of money or financial support offered to fund an artist, project or other endeavor.
- When the government gives a tax break to a corporation who creates jobs in depressed areas, this is an example of a subsidy.
- When the government gives money to a farmer to plant a specific farm crop, this is an example of a subsidy.
- When you are given a partial scholarship to college, this is an example of a subsidy.
subsidy definition by Webster's New World
- a grant of money from one government to another, as for military aid
- a government grant to a private enterprise considered of benefit to the public
- Historical in England, money granted by Parliament to the king
Origin: Middle English ; from Anglo-French subsidie ; from Classical Latin subsidium, auxiliary forces, reserve troops, aid, support ; from subsidere, to sit down, remain: see subside
subsidy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. sub·si·dies
- Monetary assistance granted by a government to a person or group in support of an enterprise regarded as being in the public interest.
- Financial assistance given by one person or government to another.
- Money formerly granted to the British Crown by Parliament.
Origin: Middle English subsidie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin subsidium, support : sub-, behind, beneath; see sub- + sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
subsidy - Business Definition
subsidy - Cultural Definition
A grant made by a government to some individual or business in order to maintain an acceptable standard of living or to stimulate economic growth.