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 Given the imbalance of power with Israel, PLO leaders fear that talking about equality and rights will subsume the historic struggle for national self-determination into a domestic issue of rights in Israel. Tareq Baconi, The New York Review of Books, "Israel’s Annexation Plan, a New Era in Palestinian Resistance," 2 July 2020 And then there's the question of how effectively Newton can subsume his ego amid a culture where the collective famously trumps the individual. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Nine reasons why New England Patriots won't win Super Bowl LV with Cam Newton," 30 June 2020 It was eventually subsumed into Mazars USA, the American arm of a large international firm, through a series of mergers over decades. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Meet the Shadowy Accountants Who Do Trump’s Taxes and Help Him Seem Richer Than He Is," 8 May 2020 My regret is that Ukraine ever learned of the review and that, with this impeachment inquiry, Ukraine has become subsumed in the U.S. political process. Arden Farhi, CBS News, "White House official on Ukraine call wasn't concerned "anything illegal" occurred," 31 Oct. 2019 The Florentines with whom the English traded had their own professional association, the Arte di Calimala, which was subsumed in the 18th century into the Camera di Commercio. The Economist, "British and Italian guilds mark a centuries-old European trade," 3 Oct. 2019 Caballero worked at Apple from 2005 until early 2019 when his division’s work on modems -- chips that power cellular connectivity -- was subsumed by Apple’s custom chip division run by Johny Srouji. Mark Gurman,, "Microsoft Hires Ex-Apple Exec in Charge of Wireless for Hardware," 8 May 2020 The natural environment subsumes everything, including photographers. Whitney Phillips, Wired, "Anti-Quarantine Protestors Are Dangerous and Weird," 21 Apr. 2020 While the practice of architecture can become subsumed by practicalities and technicalities, Levy’s work is an imaginative exploration of the phenomenological qualities of building: the way light and nature and materiality interact in space. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "Art and the City: An architect’s dream ranch house that’s an ethereal refuge," 6 Apr. 2020

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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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15 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Subsume.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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