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a. the advance purchase of tickets for a series of concerts, operas, etc.
b. (as modifier): a subscription concert
2. acceptance of a fixed body of articles of faith, doctrines, or principles laid down as universally binding upon all the members of a Church
3. Med that part of a written prescription directing the pharmacist how to mix and prepare the ingredients: rarely seen today as modern drugs are mostly prepackaged by the manufacturers
4. an advance order for a new product



the right to use a given thing (a library, seat in a theater, skating rink, swimming pool, telephone, and so on) for a specified length of time; also, the document giving this right.

Library subscriptions in the USSR are free and can be individual or collective (for institutions, enterprises, and such). On an individual library subscription, the reader may receive books directly from the library of his choice. There are intraunion interlibrary subscriptions which enable a library that does not have a given book to obtain it for a specified period from another library; and international subscriptions, by means of which certain large libraries (for example, the V. I. Lenin State Library of the USSR) may obtain for their readers books from other countries for a specified period.

A theater or concert subscription is paid for in advance and entails the right to use a seat in a theater or concert hall during a specified period and for specified performances or concerts. Theater subscriptions arose in Italy in the 1690’s and in Russia in the 1700’s along with the appearance of professional theaters. The selection of programs for theater and concert subscriptions for various audience categories is of great significance for education and art appreciation.



the advance collection of orders for such periodically issued printed material as newspapers, journals, and multivolume book series. Subscriptions make it possible to calculate more precisely the number of copies to be printed of a particular publication. In the USSR, subscriptions to newspapers and journals are placed at post offices, at circulation offices of enterprises and of public and educational institutions, and at housing offices. In 1974, subscriptions to Moscow newspapers and journals constituted about 86 percent of their total circulation throughout the country. Subscriptions to book series are placed at bookstores with subscription departments; in 1974 there were more than 1,000 such bookstores.

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My young family are not frivolous; they expend the entire amount of their allowance in subscriptions, under my direction; and they have attended as many public meetings and listened to as many lectures, orations, and discussions as generally fall to the lot of few grown people.
A subscription of five hundred pounds, my Lady, would provide for everything--if it could only be collected.
Playmore--passing over the claims of economy in favor of the claims of humanity--suggested that we should privately start a subscription, and offered to head the list liberally himself.
An ardent subscriber to "Victoires et Conquetes," Fleury nevertheless refused to pay his subscription, though he kept and read the copies, alleging that they exceeded the number proposed in the prospectus.
We answered, 'We were'; fearing the less, because of the cross we had seen in the subscription.
The frailest of all human creatures is a clergyman tempted by a subscription.
He is getting up a subscription for the widow and family of a man who was killed in the East India Docks this morning, sir,' rejoined Tim.
The subscription opened at Baltimore extended properly to the whole world--
After setting on foot a public subscription, which realized nearly L1,200,000, they began the gigantic work.
That he was already valued appears from the king's subscription of the equivalent of a thousand dollars of present-day money toward his ransom; and after his release he was transferred to the king's own service, where about 1368 he was promoted to the rank of esquire.
If men will not drink of this at the fountainhead of the day, why, then, we must even bottle up some and sell it in the shops, for the benefit of those who have lost their subscription ticket to morning time in this world.
And he looked up at the great painted window above the altar, and remembered how, when a little boy, he used to try not to look through it at the elm-trees and the rooks, before the painted glass came; and the subscription for the painted glass, and the letter he wrote home for money to give to it.