sub·​scrip·​tion | \ səb-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce subscription (audio) \
plural subscriptions

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: such as
a : an autograph signature also : a paper to which a signature is attached
b : a sum subscribed or pledged
3 : an arrangement for providing, receiving, or making use of something of a continuing or periodic nature especially on a prepayment plan: such as
a : a purchase by prepayment for a certain number of regular deliveries of something (such as issues of a periodical) or for a certain period of access to or use of something (such as an online service)
b : application to purchase securities of a new issue
c : a method of offering or presenting a series of public performances
d 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The price for an ESPN+ subscription will rise to $9.99 per month or $99.99 for a year starting on Aug. 23. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 30 July 2022 Regular price for a Peacock subscription is $4.99 per month or $9.99 for those who want to upgrade to the ad-free plan. Amanda Kondolojy, Orlando Sentinel, 17 July 2022 Unlocking them simply requires signing up for each subscription via a smartphone or PC and access is granted. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 12 July 2022 As mentioned, users can schedule one-time appointments with Antidote, but there also are options for a monthly subscription and a six-month plan as well. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Today, subscribers pay $34 for a two-year subscription to the magazine and a newsletter and are encouraged to return the long surveys that form the backbone of the ratings. John Kelly, Washington Post, 24 May 2022 To stream Yellowstone Seasons 2 through 4, sign up for a Peacock Premium subscription. Oscar Hartzog, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2022 For subscription, ticket and other information, visit or call (414) 267-2961. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2022 Netflix is rethinking its business model, which long capitalized on providing a large library of content that was commercial free for a premium price of $15.49 a month for a standard subscription. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of subscription

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for subscription

Middle English subscripcion mark at the end of a document, concluding formula, from Anglo-French, from Latin subscription-, subscriptio, from subscribere

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The first known use of subscription was in the 15th century

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8 Aug 2022

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“Subscription.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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sub·​scrip·​tion | \ səb-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce subscription (audio) \

Kids Definition of subscription

: an agreement to buy a publication or service for a stated period


sub·​scrip·​tion | \ səb-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce subscription (audio) \

Medical Definition of subscription

: a part of a prescription that contains directions to the pharmacist


sub·​scrip·​tion | \ səb-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce subscription (audio) \

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 sense 3b

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