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[suh b-skrahyb] /səbˈskraɪb/
verb (used with object), subscribed, subscribing.
to pledge, as by signing an agreement, to give or pay (a sum of money) as a contribution, gift, or investment:
He subscribed $6,000 for the new church.
to give or pay in fulfillment of such a pledge.
to append one's signature or mark to (a document), as in approval or attestation of its contents.
to attest by or as by signing.
to append, as one's signature, at the bottom of a document or the like; sign.
to agree or assent to.
verb (used without object), subscribed, subscribing.
to pledge, as by signing an agreement, to give or pay money as a contribution, gift, or investment.
to give or pay money in fulfillment of such a pledge.
to obtain a subscription to a magazine, newspaper, etc.
to give one's consent; sanction:
I will not subscribe to popular fallacies.
to sign one's name to a document.
to give approval to the contents of a document by signing one's name.
Origin of subscribe
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English subscriben < Latin subscrībere, equivalent to sub- sub- + scrībere to write
Related forms
subscribable, adjective
subscribership, noun
nonsubscribing, adjective
presubscribe, verb, presubscribed, presubscribing.
resubscribe, verb, resubscribed, resubscribing.
unsubscribed, adjective
unsubscribing, adjective
Can be confused
ascribe, proscribe, subscribe. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for subscribe
  • Purchase the latest edition or subscribe for free weekly access.
  • Customers can also subscribe to feeds of tweets containing web links or certain keywords.
  • subscribe to our free monthly e-mail newsletter for the latest adventure news, gear, and trips.
  • If they are ready to subscribe to all the articles, that is not enough.
  • For full access you must subscribe to a digital package that includes tablet apps.
  • Over the next few months, we'll integrate social media and offer a variety of versions and ways to subscribe in digital form.
  • subscribe to home delivery, give a gift or manage an account.
  • For an e-mail address change, simply unsubscribe the old address and then subscribe the new one.
  • If you subscribe to the print edition, you may also need to link your web site account to your print subscription.
  • If you subscribe to the magazine, register now to get access.
British Dictionary definitions for subscribe


(usually foll by to) to pay or promise to pay (a sum of money) as a contribution (to a fund or charity, for a magazine, etc), esp at regular intervals
to inscribe or sign (one's name, etc) at the end of a contract, will, or other document
(intransitive) foll by to. to give support or approval: to subscribe to the theory of transubstantiation
Derived Forms
subscriber, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin subscrībere to write underneath, from sub- + scrībere to write
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for subscribe

early 15c., "to sign at the bottom of a document," from Latin subscribere "write underneath, sign one's name," from sub "underneath" (see sub-) + scribere "write" (see script (n.)). The meaning "give one's consent" first recorded 1540s; that of "contribute money to" 1630s; and that of "become a regular buyer of a publication" 1711, all originally literal. Related: Subscribed; subscribing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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subscribe in Technology

To request to receive messages posted to a mailing list or newsgroup. In contrast to the mundane use of the word this is often free of charge.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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