- 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 for subscribe
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.