Subsidy vs Aid - What's the difference?

subsidy | aid |

As nouns the difference between subsidy and aid

is that subsidy is financial support or assistance, such as a grant while aid is help; assistance; succor, relief.

As a verb aid is

to (give) support (to); to further the progress of; to help; to assist.



  • Financial support or assistance, such as a grant.
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  • , title= Keeping the mighty honest , passage=British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.}}
  • (dated) Money granted by parliament to the British Crown.
  • Antonyms

    * tax



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) aide, from (etyl) . Cognate include Spanish ayuda, Portuguese ajuda and Italian aiuto


    (en noun)
  • Help; assistance; succor, relief.
  • :
  • *(Henry Hallam) (1777-1859)
  • *:An unconstitutional mode of obtaining aid .
  • *
  • *:“[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  • A helper; an assistant.
  • *(w) viii. 6
  • *:It is not good that man should be alone; let us make unto him an aid like unto himself.
  • Something which helps; a material source of help.
  • :
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  • (lb) An historical subsidy granted to the crown by Parliament for an extraordinary purpose, such as a war effort.
  • (lb) An exchequer loan.
  • (lb) A pecuniary tribute paid by a vassal to his feudal lord on special occasions.
  • An aide-de-camp, so called by abbreviation.
  • :
  • Derived terms
    * aid climbing * aidful * aidless * aidman * first aid * hearing aid

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) aidier (modern aider), from (etyl) adiuto'', frequentative of ''adiuvo "to assist".


    (en verb)
  • To (give) support (to); to further the progress of; to help; to assist.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You speedy helpers Appear and aid me in this enterprise.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012
  • , date=May 24 , author=Nathan Rabin , title=Film: Reviews: Men In Black 3 , work=The Onion AV Club citation , page= , passage=Smith is aided in his quest by an elfin, time-jumping alien with psychic powers played by another Coen brothers veteran, A Serious Man star Michael Stuhlbarg. }}
    * assist * befriend * bestand * cooperate * help * promote * relieve * succor * support * sustain
    Derived terms
    * aidable * aidance * aider


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