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 magazine will reprint old material with new covers, which will be available in comic stores and via subscription. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Last Laugh: ‘MAD’ Magazine Will Soon Disappear from Newsstands," 9 July 2019 The service is typically subscription-based and can be used at home or at work, but participating airports pay the fees for users on site. Kristen De Groot,, "Flying blind: Apps help visually impaired navigate airport," 8 July 2019 The company recently increased monthly subscription fees to $12.99 a month for the two-screen plan. Doreen Christensen,, "Stream movies, TV shows for free with these alternatives to Netflix and Amazon | Doreen’s Deals," 6 July 2019 The subscription makes the cost of each juice 50 percent less than buying singularly at the store. Birmingham Magazine,, "Food News: kitchen garden service, new wine shop, and more," 5 July 2019 The Bennetts recently stayed on a winery in Virginia through their subscription to Harvest Hosts, a membership network that offers dwellings on more than 742 wineries, breweries and farms. Tyra Mcclung,, "Heading Out On Your First RV Vacation? Some Tips," 2 July 2019 Four-ticket subscriptions will also be available for $100. Deborah Martin,, "Cactus Pear Music Festival looks toward the future," 2 July 2019 Although the algorithm is ever-changing, the creators most able to generate views, likes, comments, and subscriptions seem to be seen the most. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 Note: Some of the coverage is only available via ESPN-Plus, the sports network’s subscription streaming option., "Wimbledon TV schedule: Where and when to watch Roger Federer, Serena Williams and more every day," 30 June 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


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


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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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