Definition of subscription noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    subscription

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    noun
    BrE BrE//səbˈskrɪpʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//səbˈskrɪpʃn//
     
    [countable, uncountable] Helping others
     
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  1. 1an amount of money you pay, usually once a year, to receive regular copies of a newspaper or magazine, etc.; the act of paying this money an annual subscription subscription (to/for something) to take out a subscription to ‘Newsweek’ to cancel/renew a subscription Copies are available by subscription. Subscriptions are due annually by the end of January.
  2. 2a sum of money that you pay regularly to a charity, or to be a member of a club or to receive a service; the act of paying this money synonym donation a monthly subscription to Oxfam WordfinderAGM, the chair, club, hobby, member, newsletter, secretary, society, subscription, treasurer See related entries: Helping others
  3. 3the act of people paying money for something to be done A statue in his memory was erected by public subscription. Synonymspaymentpremium contribution subscription repayment deposit instalmentThese are all words for an amount of money that you pay or are expected to pay, or for the act of paying.payment an amount of money that you pay or are expected to pay; the act of paying:ten monthly payments of $50 payment in advancepremium an amount of money that you pay once or regularly for an insurance policy; an extra payment added to the basic rate; a higher amount of money than usual:an insurance premium a premium for express deliverycontribution a sum of money that you pay regularly to your employer or the government in order to pay for benefits such as health insurance, a pension, etc:You can increase your monthly contributions to the pension plan.subscription an amount of money you pay in advance to receive regular copies of a newspaper or magazine or to receive a service:a subscription to ‘Newsweek’repayment (British English) an amount of money that you pay regularly to a bank, etc. until you have returned all the money that you owe; the act of paying this money:the repayments on the loandeposit an amount of money that you pay as the first part of a larger payment:We’ve put down a 5% deposit on the house.instalment one of a number of payments that you make regularly over a period of time until you have paid for something:We paid for the car by/​in instalments.Patterns (a/​an) annual/​monthly/​regular payment/​premium/​contributions/​subscription/​repayment/​deposit/​instalment payment/​repayment in full to pay a(n) premium/​contribution/​subscription/​deposit/​instalment to make a payment/​repayment/​deposit to meet/​keep up (with) (the) payment(s)/the premiums/(the) repayment(s)/the instalments
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (referring to a signature or short piece of writing at the end of a document): from Latin subscriptio(n-), from subscribere ‘write below’, from sub- ‘under’ + scribere ‘write’.Extra examples Do you wish to take out a full twelve-month subscription to the journal? It is available through an annual subscription service. Most of the articles require a subscription. The company has already sold 500 000 new subscriptions for the magazine. The prize was a lifetime’s subscription to ‘Newsweek’. a 30-day free trial subscription a one-year subscription to this service a yearly subscription for a print version of the journal A statue in his memory was erected by public subscription. Club subscriptions are due annually by the end of January. Do you think we should get a subscription to ‘Newsweek’? to cancel/​renew a subscription
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