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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That unsustainable service dramatically rose and fell, leaving the movie-hungry public open to the idea of another theater subscription service., "Regal offers a new unlimited movie viewing plan, but there are plenty of catches," 30 July 2019 Investors are paying close attention to Comcast’s internet business, which has become the main driver of growth as consumers drop their TV subscriptions in favor of online entertainment. Los Angeles Times, "Comcast profit beats estimates as internet customer base grows," 25 July 2019 Back in the day — before your Prime subscription delivered fancy Oribe shampoo and anti-aging moisturizer to your doorstep in 2 days flat — Amazon was the go-to place for the latest tech and gadgets. Megan Decker,, "Prime Day Is The Smartest Time To Get Yourself A Clarisonic," 15 July 2019 Instead of dashing out to the mall, consider , a women’s underwear brand that offers a subscription service for everyday briefs made from organic and sustainable cotton. Tara Paniogue,, "Stylish life hacks for new parents," 11 July 2019 Competition also came from a proliferation of meal-kit subscription services, a concept that's also struggled. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Snap Kitchen launches direct shipping of meals from its Fort Worth facility," 24 June 2019 Our subscription service delivers plates to your home for just $15.99 a week. Felipe Torres Medina, The New Yorker, "New Subscription Services to Fill Your Home with Cardboard Boxes," 20 June 2019 And while the free games of a Stadia Pro membership will remain free only as long as your subscription is active, any games purchased through Stadia are permanently yours. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Google Stadia Lands This Year—If You're Willing to Pony Up," 6 June 2019 A full year’s subscription cost the princely sum of 75 cents, including shipping and handling. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: Get ready for the development avalanche to continue," 18 July 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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The first known use of subscription was in the 15th century

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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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