Etymology
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subvention (n.)

early 15c., from Old French subvencion "support, assistance, taxation" (14c.), from Late Latin subventionem (nominative subventio) "assistance," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin subvenire "come to one's aid, assist, reinforce," from sub "up to" (see sub-) + venire "to come," from a suffixed form of PIE root *gwa- "to go, come."

updated on April 11, 2017

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Definitions of subvention from WordNet
1
subvention (n.)
grant of financial aid as from a government to an educational institution;
subvention (n.)
the act or process of providing aid or help of any sort;
2
subvention (v.)
guarantee financial support of;
Synonyms: underwrite / subvent
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