- 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.
- to give or pay in fulfillment of such a pledge.
- to append one's signature or mark to (a document), as in approval or attestation of its contents.
- to attest by or as by signing.
- to append, as one's signature, at the bottom of a document or the like; sign.
- to agree or assent to.
- to pledge, as by signing an agreement, to give or pay money as a contribution, gift, or investment.
- to give or pay money in fulfillment of such a pledge.
- to obtain or have a subscription to a publication, concert series, service, etc.: She subscribes to two food magazines.
- to give one's consent; sanction: I will not subscribe to popular fallacies.
- to sign one's name to a document.
- to give approval to the contents of a document by signing one's name.
Origin of subscribe
- (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
- to inscribe or sign (one's name, etc) at the end of a contract, will, or other document
- (intr foll by to) to give support or approvalto subscribe to the theory of transubstantiation
Word Origin and History for subscribership
early 15c., "to sign at the bottom of a document," from Latin subscribere "write underneath, sign one's name," from sub "underneath" (see sub-) + scribere "write" (see script (n.)). The meaning "give one's consent" first recorded 1540s; that of "contribute money to" 1630s; and that of "become a regular buyer of a publication" 1711, all originally literal. Related: Subscribed; subscribing.