sub ‧ scrip ‧ tion /səbˈskrɪpʃ ə n/ BrE AmE noun
1 . [uncountable and countable] an amount of money you pay, usually once a year, to receive copies of a newspaper or magazine, or receive a service, or the act of paying money for this
Are you interested in taking out a subscription to ‘Newsweek’ (=arranging to buy it on a regular basis) ?
You may cancel your subscription at any time.
I’ve decided not to renew my subscription.
2 . [uncountable and countable] British English an amount of money you pay regularly to be a member of an organization or to help its work, or the act of paying money for this
a subscription to Amnesty International
3 . [uncountable] when people in a country or place give money in order to pay for something to be done:
The church’s 120-foot Gothic spire was paid for by public subscription in 1939.
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▪ an annual/monthly subscription
An annual subscription to the magazine costs $20.
▪ take out a subscription (=pay to get something regularly for a year)
She took out a subscription to the Scientific American.
▪ cancel your subscription
Please give a month's notice if you are cancelling your subscription.
▪ renew your subscription (=pay again so you can keep getting something)
It’s time to renew your subscription.
▪ pay a subscription
We pay a monthly subscription for the sports channel.
■ subscription + NOUN
▪ a subscription fee
If you pay a subscription fee, you can watch matches on the Internet.
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▪ payment an amount of money that you pay for something, especially when it is only one part of the total amount you have to pay:
They have a monthly car payment of £220.
▪ instalment British English , installment American English a regular payment you make to pay back money that you have borrowed or to pay for things that you have already received:
I borrowed $2,000, which was to be paid back in monthly installments of $250.
▪ deposit ( also down payment ) part of the cost of something that you pay before you get it, so that it will not be sold to anyone else:
They used the money they inherited as a down payment on a house.
The hotel asks for a $20 deposit to reserve a room.
▪ subscription an amount of money you pay, usually once a year, to receive copies of a newspaper or magazine:
A subscription to the magazine is $52 a year.
▪ tip a small amount of money that you give someone, for example a waitress or taxi driver, in addition to paying for a service they have given you:
I usually leave a 10% tip.
▪ premium the amount you pay for insurance each year:
your monthly life insurance premiums