Simple Definition of subscription
: an agreement that you make with a company to get a publication or service regularly and that you usually pay for in advance
: a fee that you pay regularly to belong to or support an organization
Full Definition of subscription
1a : the act of signing one's name (as in attesting or witnessing a document)b : the acceptance (as of ecclesiastical articles of faith) attested by the signing of one's name
2 : something that is subscribed: asa : an autograph signature; also : a paper to which a signature is attachedb : a sum subscribed or pledged
3 : an arrangement for providing, receiving, or making use of something of a continuing or periodic nature on a prepayment plan: asa : a purchase by prepayment for a certain number of issues (as of a periodical)b : application to purchase securities of a new issuec : a method of offering or presenting a series of public performancesd British : membership dues
Examples of subscription in a sentence
I'm going to renew my subscription.
You won't find this magazine at newsstands. It's sold only by subscription.
Origin and Etymology of subscription
Middle English subscripcion mark at the end of a document, concluding formula, from Anglo-French, from Latin subscription-, subscriptio, from subscribere
First Known Use: 15th century
SUBSCRIPTION Defined for Kids
Definition of subscription for Students
: an agreement to buy a publication or service for a stated period
Medical Definition of subscription
: a part of a prescription that contains directions to the pharmacist
Legal Definition of subscription
1 : the act of signing one's name (as in attesting or witnessing a document)
2 : something that is subscribed; specifically : a sum subscribed or pledged <a charitable subscription>
3 : an agreement to purchase securities (as stocks) of a new issue and especially of a prospective corporation — compare warrant 3b
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