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 Best Buy already had a subscription called Total Tech Support, which involved Geek Squad services. Catherine Roberts, Star Tribune, "$200 to be a member at Best Buy? Retailer launches membership pilot program in Twin Cities," 3 May 2021 The biggest growth engine in the segment for some years now has been the App Store, which collects a commission on every mobile app, app subscription, and in-app purchase. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Apple earnings preview: Are services sales at risk from greater regulation?," 27 Apr. 2021 The free subscription of Amazon Kids+, which gives access to more than 20,000 books, movies, TV shows, Audible books, educational apps and games, is curated by a team of Amazon employees. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "Amazon unveils new line of Fire tablets designed for older kids," 27 Apr. 2021 New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $89.99 for both UFC 261 and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which equals savings of more than 30 percent. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "How to watch UFC 261: Usman vs Masvidal 2 for a big discount on ESPN+," 24 Apr. 2021 To eliminate ads, opt for the Roadtrippers Plus subscription ($29.99/year), which includes offline maps, live traffic and travel discounts. Washington Post, "Planning an RV trip? Download these apps before you hit the road.," 22 Apr. 2021 The satellite connection requires users to pay a $499 hardware fee, followed by a $99 monthly subscription, a cost that is substantially higher than the average $60 fee for broadband. Christopher Hutton, Washington Examiner, "Elon Musk is making a new move as an internet service provider," 22 Apr. 2021 Harry & David Spoil your favorite girl with this gift that keeps on giving — a 4 or 6-month subscription to the Fruit-of-the-Month Club® with Harry & David — with up to $50 off. Micolette Davis, Chron, "The Best Mother's Day gifts on sale right now," 20 Apr. 2021 This is interesting, of course, because the state of direct revenue (whether subscription or membership, which are two different models) across Vox Media is somewhat patchworked at the moment. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "Welcome (Back) to Depresh Mode," 13 Apr. 2021

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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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16 May 2021

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“Subscription.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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


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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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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