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English

Etymology

From Middle English subscriben, subskryben, from Latin subscrībere. Compare its native English equivalent underwrite.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /səbˈskɹaɪb/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪb

Verb

subscribe (third-person singular simple present subscribes, present participle subscribing, simple 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.
    • 1855, Henry Hart Milman, History of Latin Christianity:
      All the bishops subscribed the sentence.
  9. (archaic) To write (one’s name) at the bottom of a document; to sign (one's name).
    • c. 1510, Thomas More, The Life of Pico della Mirandola:
      [They] subscribed their names under them.
  10. (obsolete) To sign away; to yield; to surrender.
    • c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies  (First Folio), London: Isaac Iaggard, and Ed Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
      Admit no other way to save his life ,
      (As I subscribe not that, nor any other,
      But in the loss of question) []
  11. (obsolete) To yield; to admit to being inferior or in the wrong.
  12. (obsolete, transitive) To declare over one's signature; to publish.
  13. (intransitive) To indicate interest in the communications made by a person or organization.
    Please like this video, and subscribe to my YouTube channel.
  14. (intransitive, programming) To register for notifications about an event or similar.
    If you subscribe to the MouseClick event, your application can react to the user clicking the mouse.

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Translations

Latin

Pronunciation

Verb

subscrībe

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of subscrībō

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /subsˈkɾibe/
  • Rhymes: -ibe
  • Syllabification: subs‧cri‧be

Verb

subscribe

  1. inflection of subscribir:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative