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Meaning of subsidy

sub•si•dy

Pronunciation: (sub'si-dē), [key]
— pl. -dies.
  1. a direct pecuniary aid furnished by a government to a private industrial undertaking, a charity organization, or the like.
  2. a sum paid, often in accordance with a treaty, by one government to another to secure some service in return.
  3. a grant or contribution of money.
  4. money formerly granted by the English Parliament to the crown for special needs.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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