Etymology
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subsidy (n.)

late 14c., from Anglo-French subsidie, Old French subside "help, aid, assistance, contribution," from Latin subsidium "a help, aid, assistance, (military) reinforcements, troops in reserve," from subsidere "to settle down, stay, remain" (see subside).

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Definitions of subsidy

subsidy (n.)
a grant paid by a government to an enterprise that benefits the public;
a subsidy for research in artificial intelligence
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