verb (subscrib, ing)
- (originally) to write one"s name at the bottom of a document, to sign.
- to sign up to have copies of a publication, such as a newspaper or a magazine, delivered for a period of time.
Etymology: Latin sub- 'under' + scribere 'to write'
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- to pay to receive some service, for example, 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.
- 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 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.
- (obsolete?) to sign away; to yield; to surrender.
- (obsolete?) to yield; to admit to being inferior or in the wrong.
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