Subscribe meaning

səb-scrīb
Subscribe is defined as to support or promise to contribute, or to register to pay for something.

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.

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To pledge or contribute (a sum of money).
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To feel or express hearty approval.

I subscribe to your opinion.

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To purchase or claim shares of a new issue of stock, bonds, or other securities.

An investor who subscribed for 100 shares.

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(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?

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To believe or agree with a theory or an idea.

I don't subscribe to that theory.

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To give support, sanction, or approval; consent or agree (to)

To subscribe to certain measures.

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To promise to contribute, or to give, a sum of money.
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To support; consent to; favor; sanction.
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To promise to contribute (a sum of money), esp. by signing a pledge.
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To sign one's name at the end of a document, etc.
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To purchase or claim the shares of (a new issue of stock, bonds, or other securities).

A bond offering that is fully subscribed.

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To sign one's name to a document.
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To sign (one's name) at the end of a document, etc.
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To write one's signature on (a document, etc.) as an indication of consent, approval, attestation, etc.
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To register or be registered to pay for and receive a periodical, service, theater tickets, etc. for a specified period of time (with to)
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To authorize (someone) to receive or access electronic texts or services, especially over the Internet.
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To sign up for a service. Contrast with unsubscribe. See opt-in and syndication format.
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To pay for the provision of a service, such as Internet access or a cell phone plan.
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To pay money to be a member of an organization.
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(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;

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To promise to give, by writing one's name with the amount.

Each man subscribed ten dollars.

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(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.

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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.

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(archaic) To write (one's name) at the bottom of a document; to sign (one's name).
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To promise to pay or contribute money.

Subscribe to a charity.

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Origin of subscribe

  • Middle English subscriben to sign from Latin subscrībere sub- sub- scrībere to write skrībh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin sub- (“under") + scribere (“to write")

    From Wiktionary