Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A purchase made by signed order, as for a periodical for a specified period of time or for a series of performances.
  • n. An agreement to receive or be given access to electronic texts or services, especially over the Internet.
  • n. Acceptance, as of articles of faith, demonstrated by the signing of one's name.
  • n. The raising of money from subscribers.
  • n. A sum of money so raised.
  • n. The signing of one's name, as to a document.
  • n. Something subscribed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of subscribing.
  • n. That which is subscribed.
  • n. A paper to which a signature is attached.
  • n. The signature attached to a paper.
  • n. Consent or attestation by underwriting the name.
  • n. Sum subscribed; amount of sums subscribed.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Submission; obedience.
  • n. That part of a prescription which contains the direction to the apothecary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of subscribing, in any sense of that word.
  • n. That which is subscribed.
  • n. The signature attached to a paper. In law subscription implies written signature at the end of a document. See signature, 3, sign, v., 2.
  • n. Consent, agreement, or attestation given by signature.
  • n. A sum subscribed; the amount of sums subscribed: as, an individual subscription, or the whole subscription, to a fund.
  • n. A formal agreement to make a payment or payments. See subscribe, v. i., 1.
  • n. Submission; obedience.
  • n. [The word subscription is also used attributively, especially as noting what is done by means of the subscribing of money or by money subscribed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a payment for consecutive issues of a newspaper or magazine for a given period of time
  • n. the act of signing your name; writing your signature (as on a document)
  • n. a pledged contribution
  • n. agreement expressed by (or as if expressed by) signing your name

Etymologies

Middle English subscripcion, from Old French subscription, from Latin subscrīptiō, subscrīptiōn-, something written underneath, from subscrīptus, past participle of subscrībere, to subscribe; see subscribe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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