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Subscribe vs. Ascribe: Know the Difference

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To subscribe means to arrange to receive something regularly, typically a service, while to ascribe is to attribute something, like a quality or value, to a source or cause.
Subscribe vs. Ascribe

Key Differences

Subscribe typically refers to the action of arranging to receive something regularly, such as a magazine or online service, often through payment. Ascribe, conversely, involves attributing a quality, cause, or value to someone or something, often as a form of analysis or judgment.
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Subscribing is a voluntary action indicating a person's interest or need for a continuous service or product. Ascribing is more about making an inference or conclusion, linking characteristics or outcomes to specific sources or factors.
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The act of subscribing often involves an ongoing commitment, such as monthly fees for a magazine or streaming service. Ascribing, however, is a cognitive act, where one assigns responsibility, credit, or characteristics to entities or situations.
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Subscription is commonly used in the context of commerce and consumer services. Ascription is frequently employed in discussions involving analysis, such as psychology, sociology, or literary criticism.
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To unsubscribe is to withdraw from a subscription, ending the regular receipt of services or products. To misascribe, on the other hand, means incorrectly attributing a trait, action, or cause to the wrong source or entity.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Meaning

Arrange to receive something regularly
Attribute qualities or causes
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Context

Often commercial or service-oriented
Analytical, judgmental
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Nature of Action

Voluntary commitment
Cognitive inference
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Common Usage

Services, products, memberships
Causes, characteristics, sources
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Opposite Term

Unsubscribe
Misascribe
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Subscribe and Ascribe Definitions

Subscribe

Subscribe often involves a financial arrangement.
They subscribe to several online streaming platforms.
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Ascribe

Ascribe means to attribute something to a particular cause or source.
Critics ascribe the success of the novel to its unique narrative style.
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To pledge or contribute (a sum of money).
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Ascribe

Ascribing involves explaining phenomena by linking them to factors.
The rise in sales was ascribed to the effective new marketing strategy.
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Subscribe

To sign (one's name) at the end of a document, especially to attest to or authenticate it.
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Ascribe

To ascribe can involve assigning responsibility or credit.
The coach ascribed the team's victory to their rigorous training.
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Subscribe

To sign one's name to (a document) in attestation, testimony, or consent
Subscribe a will.
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Ascribe is used in discussing the origins of ideas or objects.
Historians ascribe the invention of the printing press to Gutenberg.
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Subscribe

To purchase or claim the shares of (a new issue of stock, bonds, or other securities)
A bond offering that is fully subscribed.
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To ascribe also means associating traits with specific groups or individuals.
Certain qualities are often ascribed to leaders.
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To contract to receive and pay for a certain number of issues of a publication, for access to a website that is protected by a paywall, for tickets to a series of events or performances, or for a utility service, for example.
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To regard as arising from a specified cause or source
"Other people ascribe his exclusion from the canon to an unsubtle form of racism" (Daniel Pinchbeck).
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To agree to an ongoing arrangement by which one receives online content, as from a specific website or a specific user on a website.
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To regard as belonging to or produced by a specified agent, place, or time
Ascribed the poem to Shakespeare.
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To promise to pay or contribute money
Subscribe to a charity.
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(transitive) To attribute a cause or characteristic to someone or something.
One may ascribe these problems to the federal government; however, at this stage it is unclear what caused them.
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To purchase or claim shares of a new issue of stock, bonds, or other securities
An investor who subscribed for 100 shares.
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(transitive) To attribute a book, painting or any work of art or literature to a writer or creator.
It is arguable as to whether we can truly ascribe this play to Shakespeare.
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Subscribe

To feel or express hearty approval
I subscribe to your opinion.
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Ascribe

To believe in or agree with; subscribe.
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To sign one's name to a document.
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To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause; as, his death was ascribed to a poison; to ascribe an effect to the right cause; to ascribe such a book to such an author.
The finest [speech] that is ascribed to Satan in the whole poem.
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(ergative) 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?
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To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider or allege to belong.
More than good-will to me attribute naught.
Ascribes his gettings to his parts and merit.
And fairly quit him of the imputed blame.
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To pay for the provision of a service, such as Internet access or a cell phone plan.
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Attribute or credit to;
We attributed this quotation to Shakespeare
People impute great cleverness to cats
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To believe or agree with a theory or an idea to}}.
I don’t subscribe to that theory.
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To pay money to be a member of an organization.
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(intransitive) To contribute or promise to contribute money to a common fund.
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(transitive) To promise to give, by writing one's name with the amount.
Each man subscribed ten dollars.
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To agree to buy shares in a company.
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(transitive) To sign; to mark with one's signature as a token of consent or attestation.
Parties subscribe a covenant or contract; a man subscribes a bond.
Officers subscribe their official acts, and secretaries and clerks subscribe copies or records.
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(archaic) To write (one’s name) at the bottom of a document; to sign (one's name).
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(obsolete) To sign away; to yield; to surrender.
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(obsolete) To yield; to admit to being inferior or in the wrong.
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To declare over one's signature; to publish.
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(intransitive) To indicate interest in the communications made by a person or organization.
Please like this video, and subscribe to my YouTube channel.
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To register for notifications about an event or similar.
If you subscribe to the MouseClick event, your application can react to the user clicking the mouse.
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To write underneath, as one's name; to sign (one's name) to a document.
[They] subscribed their names under them.
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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; as, parties subscribe a covenant or contract; a man subscribes a bond.
All the bishops subscribed the sentence.
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To attest by writing one's name beneath; as, officers subscribe their official acts, and secretaries and clerks subscribe copies or records.
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To promise to give, by writing one's name with the amount; as, each man subscribed ten dollars.
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To sign away; to yield; to surrender.
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To declare over one's signature; to publish.
Either or must shortly hear from him, or I will subscribe him a coward.
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To sign one's name to a letter or other document.
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To give consent to something written, by signing one's name; hence, to assent; to agree.
So spake, so wished, much humbled Eve; but FateSubscribed not.
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To become surely; - with for.
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To yield; to admit one's self to be inferior or in the wrong.
I will subscribe, and say I wronged the duke.
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To set one's name to a paper in token of promise to give a certain sum.
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To enter one's name for a newspaper, a book, etc.
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Offer to buy, as of stocks and shares;
The broker subscribed 500 shares
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Mark with one's signature; write one's name (on);
She signed the letter and sent it off
Please sign here
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Adopt as a belief;
I subscribe to your view on abortion
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Pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals;
I pledged $10 a month to my favorite radio station
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Receive or obtain by regular payment;
We take the Times every day
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Subscribe means to sign up to receive regular services or publications.
She decided to subscribe to the monthly beauty box.
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To subscribe can imply agreeing with or endorsing an idea.
He subscribes to the philosophy of minimalism.
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Subscribe can mean to support or follow regularly.
Many people subscribe to her YouTube channel for daily updates.
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To subscribe can also mean signing a document.
All members were required to subscribe their agreement on the contract.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is "subscribe" a verb?

Yes, it's an action word.
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Does "subscribe" have a noun form?

Yes, "subscription."
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What does "subscribe" mean?

To agree or give one's consent, often by signing.
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Can "subscribe" be used in a digital context?

Yes, like subscribing to an online newsletter or channel.
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How is "subscribe" used in a sentence?

"I subscribe to several magazines."
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What’s the past tense of "subscribe"?

Subscribed.
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Are there any common phrases with "subscribe"?

"Subscribe to the theory" or "subscribe to the service."
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What’s the opposite of "ascribe"?

Misattribute or dissociate.
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Can "subscribe" indicate support or agreement?

Yes, like subscribing to an idea.
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Is "ascribe" a common word?

It's less common, often used in formal contexts.
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How do you use "ascribe" in a sentence?

"He ascribed his success to hard work."
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What is the opposite of "subscribe"?

Unsubscribe or opt out.
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Does "subscribe" have different meanings?

Yes, from agreeing to a service to supporting an idea.
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Can "ascribe" be used interchangeably with "attribute"?

Often, but not always.
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Can "ascribe" be used in legal terms?

Yes, ascribing responsibility or blame.
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Is "ascribe" used in psychological contexts?

Yes, like ascribing emotions or motives.
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What is the past tense of "ascribe"?

Ascribed.
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What does "ascribe" mean?

To attribute something to a cause or source.
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Is there a noun form of "ascribe"?

Yes, "ascription."
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Does "ascribe" have different meanings?

Primarily used for attributing qualities or actions to a source.
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