If you subscribe to something, you sign up to receive it regularly. If you subscribe to the New York Times, it's delivered to your door every morning or you get online access.

When you subscribe to a belief, you adopt it as your own. You might subscribe to the notion that children should be seen and not heard, or you might wholeheartedly subscribe to your town's proposal to save the wetlands. A less common use of subscribe is to sign your name on something, reflecting the origin of the word, which comes from the Latin subscribere, "to write below," that is, to sign at the bottom of a document.

Definitions of subscribe

v pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals

Type of:
give to a charity or good cause

v mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)

sign with a mark instead of a name
Type of:
communicate or express by writing

v offer to buy, as of stocks and shares

“The broker subscribed 500 shares”
Type of:
bid, offer, tender
propose a payment

v receive or obtain regularly

subscribe to, take
Type of:
buy, purchase
obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction

v adopt as a belief

“I subscribe to your view on abortion”
Type of:
agree, concord, concur, hold
be in accord; be in agreement

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