sub·​sume | \ səb-ˈsüm How to pronounce subsume (audio) \
subsumed; subsuming

Definition of subsume

transitive verb

: 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"

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Other Words from subsume

subsumable \ səb-​ˈsü-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce subsumable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of subsume in a Sentence

games and team sports are subsumed under the classification of “recreation”
Recent Examples on the Web Massasoit didn't want his people subsumed and thought the English might be a strong ally. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, "CRITICAL MASS: Thanksgiving is a complicated celebration. Even so, we’re lucky to be here," 24 Nov. 2019 Many such books appear then disappear, subsumed into the endless paper shuffling of the academic credentialing process. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, "Noel Ignatiev’s Long Fight Against “Whiteness”," 15 Nov. 2019 By now, temperatures are projected to have warmed close to seven degrees fahrenheit, while sea levels will have risen five feet, subsuming the coastline. Allegra Kirkland, Quartz, "What climate change will do to three major American cities by 2100," 18 Oct. 2019 By now, Oculus is merely a brand, subsumed into Facebook's larger AR/VR team—and that team dominated the keynotes between Zuckerberg and Abrash. Wired, "At Oculus Connect, VR Is Still Living in 'the Good Old Days'," 26 Sep. 2019 The New York section, structured as a walking tour across the long-since subsumed and gentrified New York (mostly lower Manhattan) where Moskowitz grew up, is at once angry and elegiac. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "Who Gets to Speak Freely?," 21 Aug. 2019 The single parameter χ seems to subsume a host of real-world taxes and subsidies that would be too messy to include separately in a skeletal model such as this one. Bruce M. Boghosian, Scientific American, "Is Inequality Inevitable?," 1 Nov. 2019 Essentially, this doctrine says that when a woman who owns property or earns wages, or has any assets, gets married, those assets, those wages, that wealth, immediately becomes her husband’s — their identities are subsumed into one. Anna North, Vox, "How white women’s “investment” in slavery has shaped America today," 19 Aug. 2019 Despite Soylent's best attempts, there isn't (yet) a workaround for food, making lunch the one part of the day that hasn't been standardized and subsumed into the nine-to-five matrix. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Choosing the Right Time to Eat Lunch Can Shape Your Whole Day," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of subsume

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subsume

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

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The first known use of subsume was in 1818

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Subsume.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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