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subsume

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transitive verb sub·sume \səb-ˈsüm\

Definition of subsume

sub·sumedsub·sum·ing

  1. :  to include or place within something larger or more comprehensive :  encompass as a subordinate or component element <red, green, and yellow are subsumed under the term “color”>

sub·sum·able play \-ˈsü-mə-bəl\ adjective


Examples of subsume

  1. <games and team sports are subsumed under the classification of recreation>



Origin of subsume

New Latin subsumere, from Latin sub- + sumere to take up — more at consume


First Known Use: 1825


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