- a sum of money given or pledged as a contribution, payment, investment, etc.
- the right to receive a periodical for a sum paid, usually for an agreed number of issues.
- an arrangement for presenting a series of concerts, plays, etc., that one may attend by the payment of a membership fee: to purchase a 10-concert subscription.
- the right to receive a service or access text online for a certain period of time: a subscription to a media streaming service; a subscription to an online encyclopedia; a satellite-TV subscription.
- Chiefly British. the dues paid by a member of a club, society, etc.
- a fund raised through sums of money subscribed.
- a sum subscribed.
- the act of appending one's signature or mark, as to a document.
- a signature or mark thus appended.
- something written beneath or at the end of a document or the like.
- a document to which a signature is attached.
- assent, agreement, or approval expressed verbally or by signing one's name.
- Ecclesiastical. assent to or acceptance of a body of principles or doctrines, the purpose of which is to establish uniformity.
- Church of England. formal acceptance of the Thirty-nine Articles of 1563 and the Book of Common Prayer.
Origin of subscription
- a payment or promise of payment for consecutive issues of a magazine, newspaper, book, etc, over a specified period of time
- the advance purchase of tickets for a series of concerts, operas, etc
- (as modifier)a subscription concert
- an amount of money paid or promised, as to a charity, or the fund raised in this way
- an offer to buy shares or bonds issued by a company
- the act of signing one's name to a document, etc
- a signature or other appendage attached to the bottom of a document, etc
- agreement, consent, or acceptance expressed by or as if by signing one's name
- a signed document, statement, etc
- mainly British the membership dues or fees paid to a society or club
- acceptance of a fixed body of articles of faith, doctrines, or principles laid down as universally binding upon all the members of a Church
- med that part of a written prescription directing the pharmacist how to mix and prepare the ingredients: rarely seen today as modern drugs are mostly prepackaged by the manufacturers
- an advance order for a new product
- the sale of books, etc, prior to printing
- (as modifier)a subscription edition
- archaic allegiance; submission
Word Origin and History for pre-subscription
c.1400, "piece of writing at the end of a document," from Middle French subscription, from Latin subscriptionem (nominative subscriptio) "anything written underneath, a signature," noun of action from past participle stem of subscribere (see subscribe for etymology and sense development).
- The part of a prescription giving the directions to the pharmacist.