from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Provision of help, aid, or support.
  • n. An endowment or a subsidy, as that given by a government to an institution for research; a grant of financial aid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A subsidy; provision of financial or other support.
  • v. To subsidise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of coming under.
  • n. The act of relieving, as of a burden; support; aid; assistance; help.
  • n. A government aid or bounty.
  • transitive v. To subventionize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give aid to; assist pecuniarily.
  • n. The act of coming under.
  • n. The act of coming to the relief of some one; something granted in aid; support; subsidy. For specific use, see under subsidy.
  • n. Synonyms Subsidy, Subvention. See subsidy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. guarantee financial support of
  • n. grant of financial aid as from a government to an educational institution
  • n. the act or process of providing aid or help of any sort


Middle English subvencioun, a subsidy by the state, from Old French subvention, monetary assistance, from Late Latin subventiō, subventiōn-, assistance, from Latin subventus, past participle of subvenīre, to come to help : sub-, beneath, behind; see sub- + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French subvention, from Late Latin subventio. (Wiktionary)


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