subscribe

[suhb-skrahyb]
verb (used with object), subscribed, subscribing.
1.
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.
2.
to give or pay in fulfillment of such a pledge.
3.
to append one's signature or mark to (a document), as in approval or attestation of its contents.
4.
to attest by or as by signing.
5.
to append, as one's signature, at the bottom of a document or the like; sign.
6.
to agree or assent to.
verb (used without object), subscribed, subscribing.
7.
to pledge, as by signing an agreement, to give or pay money as a contribution, gift, or investment.
8.
to give or pay money in fulfillment of such a pledge.
9.
to obtain a subscription to a magazine, newspaper, etc.
10.
to give one's consent; sanction: I will not subscribe to popular fallacies.
11.
to sign one's name to a document.
12.
to give approval to the contents of a document by signing one's name.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English subscriben < Latin subscrībere, equivalent to sub- sub- + scrībere to write

subscribable, adjective
subscribership, noun
nonsubscribing, adjective
presubscribe, verb, presubscribed, presubscribing.
resubscribe, verb, resubscribed, resubscribing.
unsubscribed, adjective
unsubscribing, adjective

ascribe, proscribe, subscribe.
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subscribe (səbˈskraɪb)
 
vb (foll by to)
1.  (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
2.  to inscribe or sign (one's name, etc) at the end of a contract, will, or other document
3.  to give support or approval: to subscribe to the theory of transubstantiation
 
[C15: from Latin subscrībere to write underneath, from sub- + scrībere to write]
 
sub'scriber
 
n

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subscribe
1425, "to sign at the bottom of a document," from L. subscribere "write underneath, sign one's name," from sub "underneath" + scribere "write" (see script). The meaning "give one's consent" first recorded 1549; that of "contribute money to" 1640; and that of "become a regular
buyer of a publication" 1711, all originally literal.
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Computing Dictionary

subscribe definition

messaging
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.
(1997-03-27)

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