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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pledge or contribute (a sum of money).
  • transitive v. To sign (one's name) at the end of a document.
  • transitive v. To sign one's name to in attestation, testimony, or consent: subscribe a will.
  • transitive v. To authorize (someone) to receive or access electronic texts or services, especially over the Internet.
  • intransitive v. To contract to receive and pay for a certain number of issues of a publication, for tickets to a series of events or performances, or for a utility service, for example.
  • intransitive v. To receive or be allowed to access electronic texts or services by subscription.
  • intransitive v. To promise to pay or contribute money: subscribe to a charity.
  • intransitive v. To feel or express hearty approval: I subscribe to your opinion. See Synonyms at assent.
  • intransitive v. To sign one's name.
  • intransitive v. To affix one's signature to a document as a witness or to show consent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To sign up to have copies of a publication, such as a newspaper or a magazine, delivered for a period of time.
  • v. To pay for the provision of a service, such as Internet access or a cell phone plan.
  • v. To believe or agree with a theory or an idea.
  • v. To pay money to be a member of an organization.
  • v. To contribute or promise to contribute money to a common fund.
  • v. To agree to buy shares in a company.
  • v. To write one’s name at the bottom of a document, to sign.
  • v. To sign away; to yield; to surrender.
  • v. To yield; to admit to being inferior or in the wrong.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To write underneath, as one's name; to sign (one's name) to a document.
  • transitive v. To sign with one's own hand; to give consent to, as something written, or to bind one's self to the terms of, by writing one's name beneath.
  • transitive v. To attest by writing one's name beneath.
  • transitive v. To promise to give, by writing one's name with the amount.
  • transitive v. To sign away; to yield; to surrender.
  • transitive v. To declare over one's signature; to publish.
  • intransitive v. To sign one's name to a letter or other document.
  • intransitive v. To give consent to something written, by signing one's name; hence, to assent; to agree.
  • intransitive v. To become surely; -- with for.
  • intransitive v. To yield; to admit one's self to be inferior or in the wrong.
  • intransitive v. To set one's name to a paper in token of promise to give a certain sum.
  • intransitive v. To enter one's name for a newspaper, a book, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To write beneath: said of what is so written or of the handwriting.
  • Hence To sign with one's own hand.
  • By extension To give consent to, as to something written, or to bind one's self to, by Writing one's name beneath: as, to subscribe a covenant or contract. In law subscribe implies a written or printed signature at the end of a document. See sign, 2.
  • To attest by writing one's name beneath.
  • To promise to give or pay, by writing one's name under a written or printed agreement: as, each subscribed $10.
  • To resign; transfer by signing to another.
  • To write down or characterize as.
  • To promise a certain sum verbally, or by signing an agreement; specifically, to undertake to pay a definite amount, in a manner or on conditions agreed upon, for a special purpose: as, to subscribe for a newspaper or for a book (which may be delivered in instalments); to subscribe to a series of entertainments; to subscribe for railway stock; also, to contribute money to any enterprise, benevolent object, etc. In law the word implies that the agreement is made in writing.
  • To give consent; assent as if by signing one's name.
  • To yield; submit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. offer to buy, as of stocks and shares
  • v. mark with one's signature; write one's name (on)
  • v. receive or obtain regularly
  • v. adopt as a belief
  • v. pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals

Etymologies

Middle English subscriben, to sign, from Latin subscrībere : sub-, sub- + scrībere, to write.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin sub- ("under") + scribere ("to write") (Wiktionary)

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