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subscribe to (something)

1. Literally, to sign up to receive something on a regular basis; to have a subscription to something, such as a newspaper, magazine, monthly product, etc. You should subscribe to our newsletter if you're interested in our other projects. I subscribed to the local newspaper years ago, but I barely read it anymore.
2. To very strongly support, approve of, or agree with an opinion or policy. I no longer subscribe to the all the same beliefs as my parents, but that doesn't mean we don't share some values. Bill and his wife subscribe to the notion that disciplining children in any way, shape, or form will harm their emotional development.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

subscribe to something

1. to agree with a policy. I don't subscribe to the scheme you have just described. You don't have to subscribe to the policy to accept it.
2. to hold a standing order for a magazine or other periodical, or for a computer service. I subscribe to three magazines, and I enjoy them all. I don't subscribe to any of them anymore.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

subscribe to

1. Contract to receive and pay for a given number of issues of a periodical, for tickets to a series of performances, or for a utility service. For example, We subscribe to the local paper, or Betty and I have been subscribing to this concert series for years, or We have no choice; we have to subscribe to the local power company.
2. Feel or express approval of, as in I subscribe to your opinion but I don't think Donald does. [Mid-1500s]
3. Promise to pay or contribute money to, as in We subscribe to many charities. [Mid-1600s] All of these usages come from subscribe in the sense of "sign one's name to something, such as a pledge."
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

subscribe to

1. To have some periodical delivered or made available on a regular basis: Since you're building a lot of furniture, you should subscribe to the new woodworking magazine that comes out every month. I subscribe to an Internet news site.
2. To feel or express hearty approval for something: Corporal punishment is not an idea I personally subscribe to, but I can see how others might approve of it.
See also: subscribe, to
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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