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- 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?
- To pay for the provision of a service, such as Internet access or a cell phone plan.
- To believe or agree with a theory or an idea.
- I don’t subscribe to that theory.
- To pay money to be a member of an organization.
- 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;
- (business) 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.
- (old, no longer used) To write one's name at the bottom of a document, to sign.
- (old, no longer used) To sign away; to give up.
- (old, no longer used) To admit to being inferior or in the wrong.