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Verb1.subscribe to - receive or obtain regularly; "We take the Times every day"
buy, purchase - obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; "The family purchased a new car"; "The conglomerate acquired a new company"; "She buys for the big department store"


1. To give in common with others:
Informal: kick in.
Slang: come across.
2. To respond affirmatively; receive with agreement or compliance:
3. To affix one's signature to:
Idioms: put one's John Hancock on, set one's hand to.
References in classic literature ?
By all means subscribe to charities--subscribe to them largely--but don't get carried away by absurd schemes of Social Reform.
Oh, my young friend, who else could have resisted the pleading of sixteen of our fairest sisters, and withstood their exhortations to subscribe to our noble society for providing the infant negroes in the West Indies with flannel waistcoats and moral pocket-handkerchiefs?
I'm thinking of sending round to all the old antiqueerians in this part of England," he said, "asking them to subscribe to a fund to maintain me.
Behind them, you caught glimpses of the other boats, and bits of the surrounding scenery; but everything and everybody else in the lock looked so utterly insignificant and paltry compared with our feet, that all the other people felt quite ashamed of themselves, and refused to subscribe to the picture.
Society can subscribe to reclaim me; but Society can't take me back.
As for Raffles, he concluded his far too genial remarks by predicting that, whatever Nasmyth might say or think of the new fund, he would subscribe to it as handsomely as any of us, like "the generous good chap" that we all.
He wanted me to subscribe to a fund for relieving the poor at the east end of London by assisting them to emigrate.
I subscribe to it," said De Wardes; "but submit, gentlemen, that a thrust of a sword through the body, as was the custom formerly, was far better than tyranny like this.
He planned to buy some more clothes, to subscribe to many magazines, and to buy dozens of reference books that at present he was compelled to go to the library to consult.
Secondly, nearly all these young ladies subscribe to circulating libraries.
Yet there have been known to be philosophers and plain men who swore by Malthus in the books, and would, nevertheless, subscribe to a relief fund in time of a famine.
The company surveyed 3,449 people who subscribe to its podcasting portal, Podcasting Juice.