[ suh b-skrahyb ]
/ səbˈskraɪb /

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

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for subscribing


/ (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 subscribing



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