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Latin subsīdō (I settle, subside)


  • IPA(key): /sʌbˈsaɪd/, /səbˈsaɪd/
  • Rhymes: -aɪd
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subside (third-person singular simple present subsides, present participle subsiding, simple past and past participle subsided)

  1. (intransitive) To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle, as lees.
  2. (intransitive) To fall downward; to become lower; to descend; to sink.
    • 1961 November, “Talking of Trains: The subsidence problem”, in Trains Illustrated, page 651:
      An illuminating article in a recent issue of the Eastern Region's Civil Engineering News points out that where coal is worked over a reasonably large area, it is not only the whole of the strata above the workings, but also an area beyond which is liable to subside at varying rates after the coal has been removed.
  3. (intransitive) To fall into a state of calm; to be calm again; to settle down; to become tranquil; to abate.
    The sea subsides.
    The tumults of war will subside.
    The fever has subsided.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter III, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC:
      Long after his cigar burnt bitter, he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped ; but he had lost all reckoning of time when he opened them again to find Miss Erroll in furs and ball-gown kneeling on the hearth and heaping kindling on the coals, [].
    • 1987, John DeNicola, Franke Previte (lyrics and music), “Hungry Eyes”, performed by Eric Carmen:
      I've been meaning to tell you / I've got this feelin' that won't subside / I look at you and I fantasize
  4. (intransitive, colloquial) To cease talking.

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From Latin subsidium, from subsidere.



subside m (plural subsides)

  1. contribution, tax
    Le produit de taxes si mal réparties avait des limites, et les besoins des princes n'en avaient plus. Cependant ils ne voulaient ni convoquer les États pour en obtenir des subsides, ni provoquer la noblesse, en l'imposant, à réclamer la convocation de ces assemblées. (Tocqueville, Ancien Régime et Révolution, 1856)
  2. subsidy, pension, monetary help
    Max Jacob vit en effet pauvrement, sans cependant manquer de rien, à cause de certaines relations qu'il a, par exemple, Poiret, dont il est vrai qu'il reçoit quelques subsides. (Léautaud, Journal littéraire, 3, 1916)

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  1. second-person singular present active imperative of subsīdō

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Borrowed from Latin subsidium.


subside m or f

  1. subsidy (financial assistance)
  2. tax; taxation


  • English: subsidy
  • French: subside