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 Shoppers can purchase a single bag of the rose cocoa superlatte or sign up for a recurring subscription, which saves you 15 percent on every order. Samantha Jones,, 19 Nov. 2021 The Joint doesn’t take appointments and doesn’t accept insurance, charging a flat fee of $39 for a single visit and $69 for a subscription that includes four adjustments per month. Hank Tucker, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 Fans can expect a slew of exclusive content, clips, trailers, and new movies and series added to the platform, but to kick off the celebrations early, Disney+ has already launched a $1.99 first-month membership deal for its standalone subscription. Nina Huang,, 9 Nov. 2021 The applications will be free for users with an option for a monthly subscription to unlock enhanced benefits. Brent Lang, Variety, 8 Nov. 2021 When Disney first launched its streaming service in 2019, the company charged $6.99 a month for a subscription. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 8 Nov. 2021 Again, there’s no specific gifting option, but an Apple Gift Card can pay for an Apple Arcade subscription. Simon Hill, Wired, 3 Nov. 2021 Now, viewers who have Amazon's streaming service will be able to continue watching Outlander, but only after signing up and paying for a Starzplay add-on subscription. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 24 Sep. 2021 After the three-month trial period, customers will be billed at full price for each subscription. Leada Gore |, al, 13 Sep. 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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24 Nov 2021

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“Subscription.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 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
: 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


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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