Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A subsidy; provision of financial or other support.
  • verb To subsidise.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[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.]

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From Middle French subvention, from Late Latin subventio.

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