subsidize

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 sed─ôre 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

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v support through subsidies

“The arts in Europe are heavily subsidized
Synonyms:
subsidise
Type of:
support
support materially or financially

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

Synonyms:
subsidise
Type of:
pay
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

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