[ suh b-skrahyb ]
/ səbˈskraɪb /

verb (used with object), sub·scribed, sub·scrib·ing.

verb (used without object), sub·scribed, sub·scrib·ing.

Nearby words

  1. subsc,
  2. subscapular,
  3. subscapular artery,
  4. subscapular muscle,
  5. subscapular nerve,
  6. subscribe to,
  7. subscriber,
  8. subscriber trunk dialling,
  9. subscript,
  10. subscription

Origin of subscribe

1375–1425; late Middle English subscriben < Latin subscrībere, equivalent to sub- sub- + scrībere to write

Related forms
Can be confusedascribe proscribe subscribe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for subscribership


/ (səbˈskraɪb) /


(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
Derived Formssubscriber, noun

Word Origin for subscribe

C15: from Latin subscrībere to write underneath, from sub- + scrībere to write

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper