Definition of subscription in English:


Line breaks: sub|scrip¦tion
Pronunciation: /səbˈskrɪpʃ(ə)n


1An arrangement to receive something, typically a publication, regularly by paying in advance: make sure you get a copy every month by taking out a subscription [mass noun]: the newsletter is available only on 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, levy, retainer
1.3 [mass noun] chiefly 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.
1.4 [mass noun] A 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.
2 formal A signature or short piece of writing at the end of a document: he signed the letter and added a subscription
2.1 archaic A signed declaration or agreement.


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

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