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a. A purchase made by signed order, as for a periodical for a specified period of time or for a series of performances.
b. An agreement to receive or be given access to information or services for a specific period of time, especially over the internet: You need a subscription to get past that newspaper's paywall.
2. Acceptance, as of articles of faith, demonstrated by the signing of one's name.
a. The raising of money from subscribers.
b. A sum of money so raised.
4. The signing of one's name, as to a document.
5. Something subscribed.
[Middle English subscripcion, from Old French subscription, from Latin subscrīptiō, subscrīptiōn-, something written underneath, from subscrīptus, past participle of subscrībere, to subscribe; see subscribe.]