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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subscribeverb

    offer to buy, as of stocks and shares

    "The broker subscribed 500 shares"

  2. sign, subscribeverb

    mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)

    "She signed the letter and sent it off"; "Please sign here"

  3. subscribe, supportverb

    adopt as a belief

    "I subscribe to your view on abortion"

  4. pledge, subscribeverb

    pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals

    "I pledged $10 a month to my favorite radio station"

  5. subscribe, subscribe to, takeverb

    receive or obtain regularly

    "We take the Times every day"


  1. subscribeverb

    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?

  2. subscribeverb

    To pay for the provision of a service, such as Internet access or a cell phone plan.

  3. subscribeverb

    To believe or agree with a theory or an idea.

    I don't subscribe to that theory.

  4. subscribeverb

    To pay money to be a member of an organization.

  5. subscribeverb

    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;

  6. subscribeverb

    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.

  7. subscribeverb

    To write one's name at the bottom of a document, to sign.

  8. subscribeverb

    To sign away; to yield; to surrender.

  9. subscribeverb

    To yield; to admit to being inferior or in the wrong.

  10. Etymology: sub- + scribere

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SUBSCRIBEverb

    Etymology: souscrire, Fr. subscribo, Latin.

    They united by subscribing a covenant, which they pretended to be no other than had been subscribed in the reign of King James, and that his Majesty himself had subscribed it; by which imposition people of all degrees engaged themselves in it. Edward Hyde.

    The reader sees the names of those persons by whom this letter is subscribed. Addison.

    Their particular testimony ought to be better credited, than some other subscribed with an hundred hands. John Whitgift.

    The king gone to night! subscrib’d his pow’r!
    Confin’d to exhibition! all is gone. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Subscribeverb

    Osius, with whose hand the Nicene creed was set down, and framed for the whole Christian world to subscribe unto, so far yielded in the end, as even with the same hand to ratify the Arrians confession. Richard Hooker.

    Advise thee what is to be done,
    And we will all subscribe to thy advice. William Shakespeare.

    If wolves had at thy gate howl’d that stern time,
    Thou should’st have said, go porter, turn the key,
    All cruels else subscrib’d. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    So spake much humbled Eve; but fate
    Subscrib’d not: nature first gave signs, impress’d
    On bird, beast, air. John Milton, Parad. Lost.


  1. Subscribe

    The subscription business model is a business model in which a customer must pay a recurring price at regular intervals for access to a product or service. The model was pioneered by publishers of books and periodicals in the 17th century, and is now used by many businesses, websites and even pharmaceutical companies in partnership with the government.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subscribeverb

    to write underneath, as one's name; to sign (one's name) to a document

  2. Subscribeverb

    to sign with one's own hand; to give consent to, as something written, or to bind one's self to the terms of, by writing one's name beneath; as, parties subscribe a covenant or contract; a man subscribes a bond

  3. Subscribeverb

    to attest by writing one's name beneath; as, officers subscribe their official acts, and secretaries and clerks subscribe copies or records

  4. Subscribeverb

    to promise to give, by writing one's name with the amount; as, each man subscribed ten dollars

  5. Subscribeverb

    to sign away; to yield; to surrender

  6. Subscribeverb

    to declare over one's signature; to publish

  7. Subscribeverb

    to sign one's name to a letter or other document

  8. Subscribeverb

    to give consent to something written, by signing one's name; hence, to assent; to agree

  9. Subscribeverb

    to become surely; -- with for

  10. Subscribeverb

    to yield; to admit one's self to be inferior or in the wrong

  11. Subscribeverb

    to set one's name to a paper in token of promise to give a certain sum

  12. Subscribeverb

    to enter one's name for a newspaper, a book, etc

  13. Etymology: [L. subscribere, subscriptum; sub under + scribere to write: cf. F. souscrire. See Scribe.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subscribe

    sub-skrīb′, v.t. to write underneath: to give consent to something written, or to attest, by writing one's name underneath: to sign one's name: to promise to give or pay, or to take, as a copy of a book, by attaching one's name: to attest by attaching one's signature.—v.i. to promise a certain sum by setting one's name to a paper: to enter one's name for anything.—adj. Subscrīb′able, capable of being subscribed.—n. Subscrīb′er.—adj. Sub′script, written underneath.—n. Subscrip′tion, act of subscribing: a name subscribed: a paper with signatures: consent by signature: sum subscribed. [L. subscribĕresub, under, scribĕre, scriptum, to write.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subscribe in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subscribe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of subscribe in a Sentence

  1. Danielle Citron:

    With Discord, John Redgrave subscribe to channels and engage in private chat, which is a veil of privacy and secrecy in the way it is constructed.

  2. Jay Tabb:

    I think what we find with the individuals that claim membership in this group is that they also claim membership or have affiliations with other individuals that are like-minded, that subscribe to similar ideology.

  3. Claudio Giacobazzi:

    Given we decided more or less voluntarily to subscribe in a very substantial way to Banco Popolare's capital increase, they arrived with a 9-milimetre and they pointed it at my forehead and told me,' sign here'.

  4. Bernie McTernan:

    One of the benefits of the streaming age is there are zero costs for canceling services. Consumers can easily subscribe to a streaming service when their favorite show is on and then turn it off when finished, this new window could be a way for streamers to dissuade the cycling between services.

  5. Darren Cahill:

    At the moment, as a fan of tennis, if you want to try to follow tennis, whether it's Davis Cup, Fed Cup, the WTA, the ATP, smaller events, there are so many different platforms a fan has to subscribe to and it's confusing, social media becomes much easier as well, if the tours are merged. Instead of competing against each other for a social media space, that becomes all one.

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