un·​sub·​scribe | \ ˌən-səb-ˈskrīb How to pronounce unsubscribe (audio) \
unsubscribed; unsubscribing

Definition of unsubscribe

intransitive verb

: to stop subscribing to an e-mail mailing list : to choose to no longer receive e-mail communications (such as newsletters or advertisements) from a company or organization When you first subscribe, you will receive information on how to unsubscribe— Stuart J. Goldman

Examples of unsubscribe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here's how to use Cyber Monday to unsubscribe from all those annoying marketing emails. Wired, "The Best Cyber Monday Deals, How to Sleep Better, and More News," 2 Dec. 2019 While critics were quick to call it augmented reality that ran parallel to Modi’s India, BJP members asked supporters to unsubscribe from a Hindu-bashing Netflix that spread phobia about the community. Rana Ayyub, Time, "What a Rising Tide of Violence Against Muslims in India Says About Modi's Second Term," 28 June 2019 Often these tactics revolve around aggressively coercing users into signing up to expensive subscriptions with unclear terms, in the hope that people either won’t notice or will forget to unsubscribe. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Latest iOS beta prompts you to unsubscribe when uninstalling apps with paid subs," 18 June 2019 The changes also allow consumers to unsubscribe from voicemails, texts and emails from debt collectors, and prohibit a collector from threatening to sue the consumer to collect a debt if the collector knows the statute of limitations has expired. Madeline Purdue, USA TODAY, "Senators say Fair Debt Collection Practices Act proposal puts industry ahead of consumers," 6 June 2019 This apparently isn't new to those poor Fyre Festival list-serve recipients who've yet to unsubscribe. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Fyre Festival Ticket Buyers Report Strange Burning Man Scam," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unsubscribe

1981, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsubscribe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsubscribe. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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Financial Definition of unsubscribe

What It Is

The term unsubscribed describes the portion of the shares in an IPO that are not sold prior to the IPO.

How It Works

Let’s assume Company XYZ is going public. It plans to issue 10 million shares in an initial public offering. Its investment bank, Bank ABC, agrees to underwrite the IPO. Bank ABC creates a document detailing Company XYZ’s business model, financial forecasts and the terms of the offering, and it meets with potential investors to gauge their interest in purchasing the 10 million shares. After this process, Bank ABC agrees to sell 9 million shares for $25 per share. The remaining 1 million are unsubscribed, meaning they don't have a buyer.

Why It Matters

IPOs often become unsubscribed because the price is too high. Sometimes, a back stop purchaser agrees to buy leftover shares from the underwriter of an equity or rights offering. A back stop purchaser is like insurance -- the purchaser guarantees in some form that a company (and its investment bank) will raise the money it intends to raise.

In our example, if for some reason Bank ABC can’t sell all the shares in the IPO (this is called the unsubscribed portion), the back stop purchaser agrees to buy those leftovers. The back stop purchaser, of course, obtains a fee for agreeing to be the back stop because it is taking on the risk of having to purchase (and they try to reissue) the Company XYZ securities.

Source: Investing Answers

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