[ suhb-skrip-shuhn ]
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  1. a sum of money given or pledged as a contribution, payment, investment, etc.

  2. the right to receive a periodical for a sum paid, usually for an agreed number of issues.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Chiefly British. the dues paid by a member of a club, society, etc.

  4. a fund raised through sums of money subscribed.

  5. a sum subscribed.

  6. the act of appending one's signature or mark, as to a document.

  7. a signature or mark thus appended.

  8. something written beneath or at the end of a document or the like.

  9. a document to which a signature is attached.

  10. assent, agreement, or approval expressed verbally or by signing one's name.

  11. Ecclesiastical. assent to or acceptance of a body of principles or doctrines, the purpose of which is to establish uniformity.

  12. Church of England. formal acceptance of the Thirty-nine Articles of 1563 and the Book of Common Prayer.

Origin of subscription

1400–50; late Middle English <Old French subscription <Latin subscrīptiōn- (stem of subscrīptiō) “something written beneath, signature, subscription” equivalent to subscrīpt(us) (see subscript) + -iōn--ion

Other words from subscription

  • sub·scrip·tive [suhb-skrip-tiv], /səbˈskrɪp tɪv/, adjective
  • sub·scrip·tive·ly, adverb
  • non·sub·scrip·tion, noun
  • pre·sub·scrip·tion, noun
  • pro·sub·scrip·tion, adjective
  • re·sub·scrip·tion, noun

Words Nearby subscription Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use subscription in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for subscription


/ (səbˈskrɪpʃən) /

  1. 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

  1. an amount of money paid or promised, as to a charity, or the fund raised in this way

  2. an offer to buy shares or bonds issued by a company

  3. the act of signing one's name to a document, etc

  4. a signature or other appendage attached to the bottom of a document, etc

  5. agreement, consent, or acceptance expressed by or as if by signing one's name

  6. a signed document, statement, etc

  7. mainly British the membership dues or fees paid to a society or club

  8. acceptance of a fixed body of articles of faith, doctrines, or principles laid down as universally binding upon all the members of a Church

  9. 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

  10. an advance order for a new product

    • the sale of books, etc, prior to printing

    • (as modifier): a subscription edition

  11. archaic allegiance; submission

  • Abbreviation: sub

Derived forms of subscription

  • subscriptive, adjective

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