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 newest trend is smartwatch owners signing up for subscription services to provide additional health tracking, coaching, and fitness encouragement. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How People Are Using Smartwatches to Lose Weight and Stay Healthy," 16 Sep. 2019 The company’s subscription service uses a tiered pricing system. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Should you really pay monthly to use your at-home printer?," 16 Sep. 2019 All those games are found in Apple Arcade, Apple's new game subscription service that costs $4.99 and launches on September 19 for iPhone. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Apple Arcade could change how mobile apps do business," 16 Sep. 2019 MoviePass, the long-beleaguered cinema subscription service that rewrote the rules for going to the movies, will shut down Saturday. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "MoviePass to shut down Saturday after failing to raise capital," 13 Sep. 2019 In August 2017, MoviePass began a transformation of the moviegoing industry by introducing its low monthly price subscription service. Nick Romano,, "R.I.P. MoviePass: Subscription service to officially shut down," 13 Sep. 2019 MoviePass™ worked hard to relaunch its groundbreaking subscription service and recapitalize the company. oregonlive, "MoviePass calls it quits: The once-popular money-saving service ends Saturday," 13 Sep. 2019 Previously, Mega Man: The Wily Wars had only been available on the Sega Channel subscription service, while Tetris and Darius make their Genesis debuts with the Mini. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "Sega Genesis Mini Review: The Genesis of Excellent Miniature Consoles," 12 Sep. 2019 New games will be added to the selection monthly, and Apple said none of them will be available on other mobile platforms or subscription services. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Apple Arcade subscription offers 100+ games for $4.99/month on Sept. 19 [Updated]," 10 Sep. 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


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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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