• (America) IPA: /səbˈskɹaɪb/

subscribe (subscribes, present participle subscribing; past and past participle subscribed)

  1. (ergative) 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. To pay for the provision of a service, such as Internet access or a cell phone plan.
  3. To believe or agree with a theory or an idea (used with to).
    I don’t subscribe to that theory.
  4. To pay money to be a member of an organization.
  5. (intransitive) 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. (transitive) To promise to give, by writing one's name with the amount.
    Each man subscribed ten dollars.
  7. (business and finance) 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.
  8. (transitive) To sign; to mark with one's signature as a token of consent or attestation.
    Parties subscribe a covenant or contract; a man subscribes a bond.
    Officers subscribe their official acts, and secretaries and clerks subscribe copies or records.
    • All the bishops subscribed the sentence.
  9. (archaic) To write (one’s name) at the bottom of a document; to sign (one's name).
    • [They] subscribed their names under them.
  10. (obsolete) To sign away; to yield; to surrender.
  11. (obsolete) To yield; to admit to being inferior or in the wrong.
  12. (obsolete, transitive) To declare over one's signature; to publish.
    • 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene ii]:
      I will subscribe him a coward.
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: aderir apoiar concordar
  • Russian: запи́сываться
  • Russian: подпи́сывать

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