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verb (subscrib, ing)
  1. (originally) to write one"s name at the bottom of a document, to sign.
  2. 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 to our new magazine, Lexicography Illustrated?
      1. to pay to receive some service, for example, internet access or a cell phone plan.
      2. to believe or agree with a theory or an idea.
    • I don"t subscribe to that theory.
      1. to pay money to be a member of an organization.
      2. 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;
      1. 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.
      1. (obsolete?) to sign away; to yield; to surrender.
      2. (obsolete?) to yield; to admit to being inferior or in the wrong.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: abonneren
  • French: s'abonner
  • German: abonnieren
  • Italian: abbonarsi
  • Spanish: subscribirse
Etymology: Latin sub- 'under' + scribere 'to write'


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