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 Have a problem with your subscription or a question to ask? Pcworld Editors, PCWorld, "PCWorld's October Digital Magazine: I switched from the iPhone SE to the Pixel 4a," 8 Oct. 2020 One long-percolating idea that seemed right to launch during the pandemic is a new membership program that will replace the traditional season subscription model. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Diversionary Theatre’s busy calendar includes a virtual visit from George Takei," 4 Oct. 2020 Walmart Walmart recently launched Walmart+, its on-demand shopping and shipping subscription. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "20 most popular places to buy baby supplies online," 1 Oct. 2020 There is also time for Cavaliers fans to hold on to their subscription and hope a new deal is ironed out prior to next season as the NBA hasn’t announced a definitive start date yet. Joey Morona, cleveland, "YouTube TV dropping Fox Sports Ohio, SportsTime Ohio," 30 Sep. 2020 Besides Stadia, Microsoft now offers xCloud streaming as a free perk with its Xbox Game Pass subscription, and Sony has been offering PlayStation Now streaming for hundreds of PlayStation family games for years. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Amazon announces streaming gaming service Luna, launching next month," 24 Sep. 2020 Boeree hasn’t given up her monthly subscription to helping donkeys — even though they aren’t killed in the billions like chickens, who can be helped more cost-effectively. Zachary Pincus-roth, Washington Post, "They want to upend the way we think about charity — and their message is winning both converts and critics.," 23 Sep. 2020 Like its siblings, the Quip Electric Toothbrush, Smart Electric Toothbrush and kids options, the new floss offering is subscription-based, customizable and stylish. Gideon Grudo, NBC News, "Quip, electric toothbrush leader, launches Quip Floss Pick," 30 Sep. 2020 More streaming services such as Netflix are becoming subscription-based, not commercial-based. Mac Schwerin, The Atlantic, "The Dying Art Form of the TV Commercial," 24 Aug. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Subscription.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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