sub·sume | \səb-ˈsüm \
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 \ adjective

Examples of subsume in a Sentence

games and team sports are subsumed under the classification of “recreation”

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And the new services will subsume the $9.99 per month YouTube Red, the company’s movie and original TV series service that started in 2016. Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, "YouTube Red is dead: Google renames and hikes prices on streaming services," 17 May 2018 Bloomberg first reported this year that Dell was considering subsuming the tracking stock. Bloomberg,, "Dell stock will trade publicly again, five years after leveraged buyout," 3 July 2018 Some predict that the likes of Uber and Lyft will emerge victorious by subsuming e-vehicle rentals. The Economist, "How two-wheelers are weaving their way into urban transport," 21 June 2018 The buildup to the summit has been subsumed by anger over Trump's protectionism. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump wages war north of the border," 8 June 2018 As social media exploded and messaging apps subsumed texting and email, Google fell behind. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Google Really Up To?," 14 Feb. 2018 But one move under consideration at Dell would have been to wholly acquire VMWare, fully subsume it as part of the Dell empire, and turn its publicly traded stock into currency for Dell. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Why VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger May Be the Big Winner in Dell's Reorg," 3 July 2018 Because Telegram subsumes so many web functions, Iranians have actively fought to stay on it. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The Unexpected Fallout of Iran's Telegram Ban," 19 June 2018 Friedman has advocated for having the embassy in Jerusalem subsume the consulate, officials said, although the State Department has ruled out that possibility. CBS News, "Trump mulls changes to Jerusalem consulate responsible for Palestinian relations," 1 June 2018

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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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