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Definition of subsidiary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    subsidiary

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//səbˈsɪdiəri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsɪdieri//
     
    Running a business
     
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  1. 1subsidiary (to something) connected with something but less important than it synonym additional subsidiary information a subsidiary matter (British English) I'm taking History as a subsidiary subject (= one that is not studied in as great depth as a main subject).
  2. 2(of a business company) owned or controlled by another company See related entries: Running a business
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘serving to help or supplement’): from Latin subsidiarius, from subsidium ‘support, assistance’.
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