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SUBSIDIARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does subsidiary mean? 

SUBSIDIARY (noun)
  The noun SUBSIDIARY has 2 senses:

1. an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
2. a company that is completely controlled by another company

  Familiarity information: SUBSIDIARY used as a noun is rare.


SUBSIDIARY (adjective)
  The adjective SUBSIDIARY has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to or being a subsidy
2. furnishing added support
3. functioning in a subsidiary or supporting capacity

  Familiarity information: SUBSIDIARY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUBSIDIARY (noun)


Sense 1subsidiary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An assistant subject to the authority or control of another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

subordinate; subsidiary; underling; foot soldier

Hypernyms ("subsidiary" is a kind of...):

assistant; help; helper; supporter (a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "subsidiary"):

bottom dog (a person of low status)

cog (a subordinate who performs an important but routine function)

man (a male subordinate)

second banana; second fiddle (someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role)


Sense 2subsidiary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A company that is completely controlled by another company

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

subsidiary company; subsidiary

Hypernyms ("subsidiary" is a kind of...):

company (an institution created to conduct business)


SUBSIDIARY (adjective)


Sense 1subsidiary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or being a subsidy

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

subsidy (a grant paid by a government to an enterprise that benefits the public)


Sense 2subsidiary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Furnishing added support

Synonyms:

appurtenant; ancillary; adjuvant; adjunct; accessory; auxiliary; subsidiary

Context examples:

an ancillary pump / an adjuvant discipline to forms of mysticism / The mind and emotions are auxiliary to each other

Similar:

supportive (furnishing support or assistance)


Sense 3subsidiary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Functioning in a subsidiary or supporting capacity

Synonyms:

supplementary; supplemental; auxiliary; subsidiary

Context example:

the main library and its auxiliary branches

Similar:

secondary (being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate)


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