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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a subscription fee (=a fee to receive copies of a newspaper or magazine)
▪ You can pay the subscription fee by cheque.
▪ You produce a good magazine each month; the readers' letters alone are worth the annual subscription.
▪ The annual subscription fee is £8.
▪ That includes an annual £35 subscription.
▪ Please find enclosed a cheque for £12 annual subscription for an organisation.
▪ The Association was open to anyone resident in the island who was prepared to pay the annual subscription of one guinea.
▪ With inflation an annual subscription of £25 is not enough!
▪ As you may know, we charge an annual subscription of £32.50.
▪ The annual subscription is, incidentally, an allowable expense and can be paid by instalment if necessary.
▪ The church of St Peter was built in 1875 by public subscription, and contains several fine stained glass windows.
▪ New companies were set up by public subscription, and there was a substantial increase in the number of films produced.
▪ From the ashes there arose, by public subscription, a new Daily Citizen, responsible and relatively free.
▪ The chancel was rebuilt in 1870, and the rest of the church thoroughly restored in 1882 by public subscription.
▪ Oxleas Wood was saved from development by public subscription in the 1920s.
▪ Taking the opportunity of arranging three subscription concerts in Strasburg he got stranded there because of serious flooding.
▪ The Symphony has canceled all events until the Jan. 29 subscription concert.
▪ We spent a great deal of time familiarizing ourselves with the music by playing it at subscription concerts and youth concerts.
▪ The annual subscription fee is £8.
▪ In return, the Clearing House nets 75 percent of the subscription fee, or more.
▪ If a union member is not employed, the subscription fee is refunded and the worker may choose to leave the union.
▪ They are: 1 membership and subscription fees 2 cost of equipment, clothing, and footwear.
▪ Napster is looking to introduce a monthly subscription fee of its own.
▪ Therefore taking the data for the day of issue, the market price was 310p and the subscription price was 255p.
▪ Thus subscription prices were shooting up and cutting off thousands of readers who could no longer afford them.
▪ The subscription price - currently £14.70 - will be charged to your account annually until you cancel.
▪ The tender offer involves an offer to the public to bid for the shares but with a minimum subscription price.
▪ And you will charge to my account annually until cancelled the subscription price - currently £14.70.
▪ The subscription rate for the Information Circular is £15.00 perannum for twelve issues.
▪ While cellular subscription rates have been growing, the market for equipment makers has been dwindling.
▪ The new subscription rates still represent exceptional value.
▪ For members' reference, the new subscription rates, which will come into effect from 1 March 1999, shown right.
▪ I seriously considered cancelling my subscription.
▪ Subsequently we cancelled all the subscriptions.
▪ You may also cancel your subscription at any time.
▪ Some readers have cancelled their subscriptions because of her.
▪ Obviously we shall have to cancel these subscriptions unless our grant is restored to the previous year's level.
▪ That includes an annual £35 subscription.
▪ It also includes the subscription to the Students' Association, athletic clubs and other facilities.
▪ The annual fee includes the subscription for student unions, athletic clubs, and other facilities.
▪ Building a paid subscription base for any new publication is hard.
▪ The Association was open to anyone resident in the island who was prepared to pay the annual subscription of one guinea.
▪ The administrators of the subscription services are betting extra features will keep the paying customers paying.
▪ Participating hotels pay a subscription starting at £175 a year, up to a ceiling of £575.
▪ Handicapped members, who play an important role in the Rangers, pay no subscription.
▪ Will he be paying his subscription to both clubs?
▪ The full cost of this window was £14 5s 2d which was paid for by subscription.
▪ However a project worker saw her condition and paid the amount needed to renew her subscription.
▪ Lifelong readers who kept the back issues piled in their attics renewed their subscriptions like clockwork at the five-year rate.
▪ If you are wondering whether to renew your subscription, perhaps you would like to read page 19 before deciding?
▪ Churn refers to the number of people who do not renew subscriptions.
▪ The bulk of its revenues comes from selling cut-rate subscriptions to first-time subscribers.
▪ He sent it unsolicited to team executives and baseball writers, and even managed to sell a few subscriptions.
▪ In addition to maintaining its current programming, Sinclair said it plans to sell subscription channels such as those available on cable.
▪ There must also be room for deliveries of bulk items, taking Institute subscriptions, taking membership subs.
▪ In June 1930 I had to leave school and take work in a subscription library.
▪ Alternatively, take out a subscription to Ideal Home.
▪ Thirdly, if you haven't already, take out a subscription to our sister publication, Peak Performance.
▪ All you need to do to get this indispensable item is to take out a new subscription to Outdoor Action.
▪ They take subscription tickets every winter for all the concerts, the Musikverein, anything you can name.
▪ He sent it unsolicited to team executives and baseball writers, and even managed to sell a few subscriptions.
▪ It is updated quarterly and annual subscriptions are priced at £1,000.
▪ She attacked and circumvented the restrictive actor-manager system, producing independent subscription theatre with good roles for women.
▪ The 9, 430 subscription seats are a 43 percent increase over 6, 575 sold during the 1992-93 season.
▪ The playing bondholders were also asked to pay the new extra, voluntary subscription and non-players had to forego their meagre interest.
▪ You may also cancel your subscription at any time.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Subscription \Sub*scrip"tion\, n. [L. subscriptio: cf. F. souscription.]

  1. The act of subscribing.

  2. That which is subscribed. Specifically:

    1. A paper to which a signature is attached.

    2. The signature attached to a paper.

    3. Consent or attestation by underwriting the name.

    4. Sum subscribed; amount of sums subscribed; as, an individual subscription to a fund.

  3. (Eccl.) The acceptance of articles, or other tests tending to promote uniformity; esp. (Ch. of Eng.), formal assent to the Thirty-nine Articles and the Book of Common Prayer, required before ordination.

  4. Submission; obedience. [Obs.]

    You owe me no subscription.

  5. (Pharm.) That part of a prescription which contains the direction to the apothecary.

  6. A method of purchasing items produced periodically in a series, as newspapers or magazines, in which a certain number of the items are delivered as produced, without need for ordering each item individually; also, the purchase thus executed.

    Note: The right to attend a series of public performances of ballet, opera, or music are also often sold by subscription. The payment for a subscription may be made prior to delivery of any items (common with magazines and performances), or after a certain number of the items have been delivered (common with newspapers or works of art produced in a series). [1913 Webster]

  7. An application to purchase a certain number of securities to be delivered when they are newly issued.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, "piece of writing at the end of a document," from Middle French subscription (Modern French souscription) and directly from Latin subscriptionem (nominative subscriptio) "anything written underneath, a signature," noun of action from past participle stem of subscribere (see subscribe). Meaning "act of subscribing money" is from 1640s.


n. 1 access to a resource for a period of time. 2 the formal acceptance of something, especially when verified with a signature 3 the signing of one's name

  1. n. a payment for consecutive issues of a newspaper or magazine for a given period of time

  2. agreement expressed by (or as if expressed by) signing your name

  3. a pledged contribution

  4. the act of signing your name; writing your signature (as on a document); "the deed was attested by the subscription of his signature"

Subscription (finance)

Subscription refers to the process of investors signing up and committing to invest in a financial instrument, before the actual closing of the purchase. The term comes from the Latin word subscribere.

Usage examples of "subscription".

The Senior Tutor went down to the Boathouse to coach the first boat, the Dean slept until teatime, and the Bursar spent the afternoon doodling in his office wondering if he had been wise to tell Sir Godber about the endowment subscriptions.

Edinburgh to improve, enlarge, and adorn the avenues and streets of that city, according to a concerted plan, to be executed by voluntary subscription: a third, allowing the exportation of wool and woollen yarn from Ireland into any port in Great Britain: and a fourth, prescribing the breadth of the wheels belonging to heavy carriages, that the high roads of the kingdom might be the better preserved.

Hatrack River he knew was the village of his prenticeship, with a town square and a church with a preacher and Whitley Physicker to tend the sick and even a post office and enough folks with enough children that they got them up a subscription and hired them a schoolteacher.

Usually run by some dumb nerd with a subscription to Variety who learned about movies by doing the Universal Studios tour.

Subscriptions to the above four Magazines may be secured also through the Theosophical Publishing Co.

Being indulged in this request, he recommended it in terms of rapture to all his friends and dependants, and, by dint of unwearied solicitation, procured a very ample subscription for the author.

At times the members of certain social clubs gave in these rooms subscription balls of anacreontic tendencies, the feminine element of which was recruited among the popular gay favorites of the period.

Some of your friends have probably informed you that at our last Quarterly Meeting much sympathy was expressed for the destitute artizans, and a liberal subscription was commenced, and was to be carried forward in all our meetings for their relief: a few days ago it amounted to L800--I hope it will exceed L1000: but what is that, it may be said, among so many?

The clip-out subscription label contains two checkoff boxes, the contents of which hint at what you can expect from the magazine.

A failed experiment with an annoying subscription model gave way to unrestricted access to the full contents of the Encyclopaedia and much more besides: specially commissioned articles, fora, an annotated internet guide, news in context, downloads and shopping.

Federation of Feebleminded Friends reminding you that your annual subscription is due .

She had kept up their subscription to Pathways and she sent them the special messages that came down from the Meadows Center from time to time.

Clumsy, Trowneer, Phoebe, Colle, Gerland, Talbot, Luath, Luffra, Apollon, Orthros, Bran, Gelert, Bounce, Boy, Lion, Bungey, Toby, Diamond and Cavall were not pet dogs: they were the Forest Sauvage Hounds, no subscription, two days a week, huntsman the master.

CHAPTER VIII The exposure of the plot was most prejudicial to the prosperity of the Ursuline community: spurious possession, far from bringing to their convent an increase of subscriptions and enhancing their reputation, as Mignon had promised, had ended for them in open shame, while in private they suffered from straitened circumstances, for the parents of their boarders hastened to withdraw their daughters from the convent, and the nuns in losing their pupils lost their sole source of income.

Sir George Farrer and his brother were among the first of the Adventurers, but withdrew themselves and their subscriptions very early, on account of some dissatisfaction.