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
- 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.
- 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.
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
LORD NORTH, who had a great antipathy to music, being asked why he did not subscribe to the Ancient Concerts, and it being urged as a reason for it that his brother the Bishop of Winchester did, "Ay," replied his lordship, "if I was as _deaf_ as my brother, I would _subscribe too_."
The info about the effort/time to subscribe is sooo true.
I have no idea if the “feed” I subscribe is rss, atom, or something else.
Those individuals who did not subscribe from the first issues have found it impossible to complete their files except by photocopying the missing issues.
Knowing how many people subscribe is useful because it lets you track the ongoing popularity of your show.
I think they'll look to form some sort of worldwide regulatory body which can claim jurisdiction over these type of things but getting everyone to subscribe is gonna be tough.
But ... if people can read (and thus get info) they need for free, there's not much of an incentive to subscribe, is there?
As soon as we got into the street, my companion began to expostulate with me, telling me that it was the height of folly not to make every one who signed his name subscribe something, as Mr. Clark had done, towards defraying our expenses.
Who knows, at the back of their mind, the word subscribe entails paying for the subscription.
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