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

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 on a prepayment plan: such as
a : a purchase by prepayment for a certain number of issues (as of a periodical)
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 series will premiere on new video subscription service Apple TV Plus in 2020. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Oprah's Apple TV Plus Series Will Focus on Mental Health," 10 Apr. 2019 Apple News Plus, the news subscription service, will include such major papers as The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. Tali Arbel, The Seattle Times, "Apple belatedly jumps into the streaming TV business," 25 Mar. 2019 Along with its Ulta offerings, the company created a subscription service — made to look like your fave novels, brushes inspired by Beauty and the Beast, a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory eye shadow palette, and Harry Potter–inspired lipsticks. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ulta Stores Now Sell Two Eye Shadow Palettes From Storybook Cosmetics," 27 Nov. 2018 Startups now see supermarket sales as a potential bright spot, as shoppers often prefer to pick up ready meals rather than plan ahead with a subscription. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Blue Apron Loses More Customers," 2 Aug. 2018 Sprint is introducing two new pricing plans for its cell service, including an Unlimited Plus plan that will come bundled with a subscription to Tidal's music streaming service, Billboard has learned. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Sprint Introducing New 'Unlimited Plus' Plans With Tidal Music Streaming Subscription Bundle," 12 July 2018 Twitch Prime: Claim various free PC games through July with subscription at Amazon. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Get a 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSD for $100," 12 July 2018 Give her a break with a subscription to a meal kit service. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Mother's Day gift guide: 8 ideas that will help make mom's life easier," 30 Apr. 2018 Toys and treats subscription company BarkBox instead took to Instagram to take Ariana to TASK for a hilarious reason. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Ariana Grande Got Hilariously Trolled by Pet Subscription Company BarkBox," 15 Feb. 2019

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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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English Language Learners 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
British : a fee that you pay regularly to belong to or support an organization


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Kids Definition of subscription

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


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Medical Definition of subscription

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

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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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