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subsidiary

adjective uk   /səbˈsɪd.i.ər.i/ us    /-er-/
used to refer to something less important than something else with which it is connected: a subsidiary role/factor

subsidiary

noun [C] uk   /səbˈsɪd.i.ər.i/ us    /-er-/
a company that is owned by a larger company
Translations of “subsidiary”
in Spanish secundario, adicional, filial…
in French subsidiaire, accessoire, filiale…
in German Tochter-…, die Tochtergesellschaft…
in Chinese (Traditional) 輔助的, 次要的…
in Russian дочерняя компания…
in Turkish yan şirket, alt kuruluş…
in Chinese (Simplified) 辅助的, 次要的…
in Polish filia…
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