subscription

noun
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.

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Each West Elm bundle will count as one item in their subscription package, which costs $159 per month. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Rent the Runway and West Elm Partner to Create Gorgeous, Rentable Home Essentials," 7 Mar. 2019 This new development in fashion subscription boxes, cutting out the third party, begs a lot of questions for shoppers. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "There's a New Trend in Fashion Subscription Boxes—and We Put It to the Test," 10 Jan. 2019 Click below to get in touch with our editors and find answers to all your subscription questions. Country Living, "Contact the Editors and Get Help for Your Country Living Subscription," 4 Jan. 2019 The British startup Cornerstone, which has raised just under $10 million and sells subscription boxes containing razor replacements, toothpaste, and face wash. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 As reported earlier this month in the Journal, plant lovers ceaselessly blog about them, buy them on subscription sites and post photos on Facebook and Instagram. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "The Dark Secrets of America’s Millennial Plant Lovers," 26 July 2018 Renewing subscribers will receive their renewal packages in September, and new subscription packages and single tickets will go on sale in October. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 2 July 2018 In the past year alone, the Post has doubled the number of digital subscriptions and increased its online traffic by more than half; its advertising team has met or exceeded all its targets. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Washington Post Staffers Weren't Afraid to Call Out Jeff Bezos on the Paper's Pricey Super Bowl Ad," 4 Feb. 2019 Get your copy on newsstands now or pick up a digital subscription to read the latest in science news and innovation. Discover Magazine, "Table of Contents Sep 2018," 17 Aug. 2018

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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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subscription

noun

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

subscription

noun
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

subscription

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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

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subscription

noun
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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