Definition of subscription in English:


Syllabification: sub·scrip·tion
Pronunciation: /səbˈskripSHən


  • 1The action of making or agreeing to make an advance payment in order to receive or participate in something: the newsletter is available only on subscription take out a one-year subscription
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    • The bank will also extend loans to SHCIL account holders for subscription to initial public offerings.
    • Of course, we are dealing with two separate issues: the first is subscription versus donation, and the second is the search for means of smooth, continuous, easy payment rather than payment in chunks.
    • The Theatre Royal opened in 1792, after construction costs were raised by subscription, including a donation by Robert Burns, who also wrote prologues for productions.
  • 1.1An arrangement by which access is granted to an online service.
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    • I agree with you, we online users will probably not pay a subscription for access to online information, simply because we don't have to.
    • On-line subscription services, as well as free access to certain pieces of educational materials, are definitely part of our plans.
    • Coming soon: the ability to stream music into multiple rooms via RealNetworks' Rhapsody subscription online music service.
  • 1.2An advance payment made to receive or participate in something: membership is available at an annual subscription of £300
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    • Each person pays an annual subscription and then a percentage premium on the value of the investment but with no levy on returns.
    • When you get the two options for payment subscriptions, you have to pick one of those and then pick ‘Use game card’ out of the checkboxes.
    • New membership/programme cards are available at the meeting on payment of subscriptions.
    membership fee, dues, annual payment, charge
  • 1.3chiefly British The contribution of money to a fund, project, or cause: the school was built by public subscription in 1878
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    • In the 1880s a monument commemorating both soldiers and rebels was erected on the supposed site by public subscription.
    • The original Nelson's Monument in London was erected in Trafalgar Square by voluntary subscription.
    • Both movements were funded by voluntary subscription, although small grants-in-aid were made to voluntary schools after 1833.
  • 1.4A system in which the production of a book is wholly or partly financed by advance orders.
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    • Several of these he had had printed himself, financed by advance subscription from libraries and members of learned bodies such as the Royal Asiatic Society.
    • In this system, books were issued periodically and by subscription in sections or ‘numbers’, bound in limp paper covers, and sold at modest prices.
    • The book was sold by subscription and met considerable success.


late Middle English (sense 2): from Latin subscriptio(n-), from subscribere 'write below' (see subscribe).

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