verb (used with object), sub·si·dized, sub·si·diz·ing.
- to furnish or aid with a subsidy.
- to purchase the assistance of by the payment of a subsidy.
- to secure the cooperation of by bribery; buy over.
- to aid or support with a subsidy
- to obtain the aid of by means of a subsidy
adj.1756, from un- (1) “not” + past participle of subsidize. v.1795, from subsidy + -ize. Originally “to pay to hire” (mercenaries, foreign troops, etc.), also of nations, “to buy neutrality or alliance.” Meaning “to bribe” is from 1815. Meaning “to support by grants of (often government) money” is from 1828. Related: Subsidized; subsidizing.