subscribe

verb

sub·​scribe səb-ˈskrīb How to pronounce subscribe (audio)
subscribed; subscribing; subscribes

transitive verb

1
: to write (one's name) underneath : sign
2
a
: to sign (something, such as a document) with one's own hand in token of consent or obligation
b
: to attest by signing
c
: to pledge (a gift or contribution) by writing one's name with the amount
3
: to assent to : support

intransitive verb

1
: to sign one's name to a document
2
a
: to give consent or approval to something written by signing
unwilling to subscribe to the agreement
b
: to set one's name to a paper in token of promise to give something (such as a sum of money)
also : to give something in accordance with such a promise
c
: to enter one's name for a publication or service
Subscribe now and get your first issue free.
And you can listen to this show anytime by subscribing to our podcast.TED Radio Hour
also : to receive or have access to something (such as a periodical or service) as part of an arrangement to receive a certain number of regular deliveries or a certain period of continuous access especially by prepayment
the number of people who currently subscribe to the magazine/site
d
: to agree to purchase and pay for securities especially of a new offering
subscribed for 1000 shares
3
: to feel favorably disposed
I subscribe to your sentiments
subscriber noun
Choose the Right Synonym for subscribe

assent, consent, accede, acquiesce, agree, subscribe mean to concur with what has been proposed.

assent implies an act involving the understanding or judgment and applies to propositions or opinions.

voters assented to the proposal

consent involves the will or feelings and indicates compliance with what is requested or desired.

consented to their daughter's going

accede implies a yielding, often under pressure, of assent or consent.

officials acceded to the prisoners' demands

acquiesce implies tacit acceptance or forbearance of opposition.

acquiesced to his boss's wishes

agree sometimes implies previous difference of opinion or attempts at persuasion.

finally agreed to come along

subscribe implies not only consent or assent but hearty approval and active support.

subscribes wholeheartedly to the idea

Examples of subscribe in a Sentence

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Recent Examples on the Web For more on Alan Cumming, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, or subscribe here. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2024 At the end of 2023, Netflix had a total of 260 million subscribing households worldwide, an annual increase of 30 million. Dana Feldman, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Watch 'American Idol' on Hulu:Click here to subscribe Who are the judges on 'American Idol' Season 22? Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2024 Make sure to like, subscribe and leave me a comment. Conor Knighton, CBS News, 11 Feb. 2024 First of all, thanks to everyone who has read, subscribed, and recommended stuff for these first 25 issues! David Pierce, The Verge, 11 Feb. 2024 For more on Amanda and Valerie Smith's love story, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, or subscribe here. Wendy Grossman Kantor, Peoplemag, 11 Feb. 2024 To support our work and enjoy full access to all our journalism, please consider subscribing. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2024 So anybody who wanted to take a crack at this could plug into some simple-to-use infrastructure, have some great software that emails your reporting, your analysis, out to as many people who will subscribe, and Substack would take a 10 percent cut of that and build a business. Nilay Patel, The Verge, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin subscribere, literally, to write beneath, from sub- + scribere to write — more at scribe

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of subscribe was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Subscribe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subscribe. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

subscribe

verb
sub·​scribe səb-ˈskrīb How to pronounce subscribe (audio)
subscribed; subscribing
1
: to make known one's approval by or as if by signing
we subscribe to your plan
2
: to agree to give or contribute by signing one's name with the amount promised
subscribe fifty dollars to the fund
3
a
: to enter one's name for a publication or service
b
: to receive a periodical or service regularly on order
4
: to feel favorably inclined
I subscribe to your sentiments
subscriber noun

Legal Definition

subscribe

verb
sub·​scribe səb-ˈskrīb How to pronounce subscribe (audio)
subscribed; subscribing

transitive verb

1
: to write (one's name) underneath or at the end of a document
we now subscribe our names as witnessesW. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.
2
a
: to sign (as a document) with one's own hand in token of consent, obligation, or attestation
such witnesses shall subscribe the will in the presence of the testatorWest Virginia Code
b
: to pledge (a gift or contribution) by writing one's name with the amount
c
: to sell (stock) by subscription
over two million shares have been subscribed

intransitive verb

1
: to sign one's name to a document
also : to give consent or approval by signing one's name
2
: to agree to purchase and pay for securities especially of a new offering
a right to subscribe to a share of stockD. Q. Posin
subscriber noun
Etymology

Latin subscribere, literally, to write beneath, from sub- under + scribere to write

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