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
  1. verb
    pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals
    synonyms: pledge
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    type of:
    give to a charity or good cause
  2. verb
    mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)
    synonyms: sign
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    sign with a mark instead of a name
    type of:
    communicate or express by writing
  3. verb
    offer to buy, as of stocks and shares
    “The broker subscribed 500 shares”
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    type of:
    bid, offer, tender
    propose a payment
  4. verb
    receive or obtain regularly
    synonyms: subscribe to, take
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    type of:
    buy, purchase
    obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
  5. verb
    adopt as a belief
    synonyms: support
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    type of:
    agree, concord, concur, hold
    be in accord; be in agreement
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