V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

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.

Usage Examples:

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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