- An example of subscribe is signing a petition for a potential ballot measure.
- An example of subscribe is promising to give money to a charity.
- An example of subscribe is sending money to a magazine to have it delivered to your house monthly.
transitive verb-·scribed′, -·scrib′ing
- to sign (one's name) at the end of a document, etc.
- to write one's signature on (a document, etc.) as an indication of consent, approval, attestation, etc.
- to support; consent to; favor; sanction
- to promise to contribute (a sum of money), esp. by signing a pledge
Origin of subscribeMiddle English subscriben from Classical Latin subscribere: see sub- and scribe
- to sign one's name at the end of a document, etc.
- to give support, sanction, or approval; consent or agree (to): to subscribe to certain measures
- to promise to contribute, or to give, a sum of money
- to register or be registered to pay for and receive a periodical, service, theater tickets, etc. for a specified period of time (with to)
verbsub·scribed, sub·scrib·ing, sub·scribes
- To pledge or contribute (a sum of money).
- a. To sign (one's name) at the end of a document, especially to attest to or authenticate it.b. To sign one's name to (a document) in attestation, testimony, or consent: subscribe a will.
- To purchase or claim the shares of (a new issue of stock, bonds, or other securities): a bond offering that is fully subscribed.
- a. To contract to receive and pay for a certain number of issues of a publication, for access to a website that is protected by a paywall, for tickets to a series of events or performances, or for a utility service, for example.b. To agree to an ongoing arrangement by which one receives online content, as from a specific website or a specific user on a website.
- To promise to pay or contribute money: subscribe to a charity.
- To purchase or claim shares of a new issue of stock, bonds, or other securities: an investor who subscribed for 100 shares.
- To feel or express hearty approval: I subscribe to your opinion. See Synonyms at assent.
- To sign one's name to a document.
Origin of subscribeMiddle English subscriben to sign from Latin subscrībere sub- sub- scrībere to write ; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present subscribes, present participle subscribing, simple past and past participle subscribed)
- (ergative) To sign up to have copies of a publication, such as a newspaper or a magazine, delivered for a period of time.
- Would you like to subscribe or subscribe a friend to our new magazine, Lexicography Illustrated?
- To pay for the provision of a service, such as Internet access or a cell phone plan.
- To believe or agree with a theory or an idea.
- I don't subscribe to that theory.
- To pay money to be a member of an organization.
- (intransitive) To contribute or promise to contribute money to a common fund.
- 1913: Theodore Roosevelt, Autobiography "” [...] under no circumstances could I ever again be nominated for any public office, as no corporation would subscribe to a campaign fund if I was on the ticket, and that they would subscribe most heavily to beat me;
- To promise to give, by writing one's name with the amount.
- Each man subscribed ten dollars.
- (business and finance) To agree to buy shares in a company.
- 1776: Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations "” The capital which had been subscribed to this bank, at two different subscriptions, amounted to one hundred and sixty thousand pounds, of which eighty per cent only was paid up.
- To sign; to mark with one's signature as a token of consent or attestation.
- Parties subscribe a covenant or contract; a man subscribes a bond.
- Officers subscribe their official acts, and secretaries and clerks subscribe copies or records.
- (archaic) To write (one's name) at the bottom of a document; to sign (one's name).
Latin sub- (“under") + scribere (“to write")