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a grant of money, especially from a government.

"Ottawa has begun to cut federal subventions to the provinces"

A subvention is be a form of aid or assistance provided to another, such as a grant or bursary. 

The provision of help or aid

Hi Rory,

Erika has given you a great answer in order to expandvyour pertaining question,

 Subvention is also defined an amount of money that is given to a person or group by a government or organization.  This specific term can also be used in business or financial terminology. I hope this helps to answer your question .

Please can be both a verb and an adverb

Verb: cause to be feel happy or satisfied; take one's wishes into consideration when deciding how to act

ex: I don't know how to please her.

Adverb: used in polite requests

ex: Will you please help me carry my books

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