V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) a company that is controlled by a larger company; (adj.) not as important as something else and functioning in a supporting role
Synonyms: (n.) annex, extension, supplement, (adj.) secondary, auxiliary, backup, minor, subordinate
Antonyms: main, prime, principal
Tips: Subsidiary is derived from the Latin subsidiarius, which means "serving as a supplement." Think of a supplement that is smaller or less important. Subsidiary can be used as both a noun and an adjective (see usage examples). In business, a subsidiary is a business owned by a larger company.
She has never worked at the main branch, but she's been working at its subsidiary for years. (extension, annex) noun
He wanted the main part, but was asked to take a subsidiary role in the school play. (secondary, backup) adjective
Most local television channels are subsidiaries of a larger network. (extensions, supplements) noun
My job is subsidiary to my family in importance. (secondary, subordinate) adjective
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