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"

Other Words from subsume

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

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Examples of subsume in a Sentence

games and team sports are subsumed under the classification of “recreation”
Recent Examples on the Web For these reasons, the phrase web3 may yet subsume the word Metaverse. Charlie Fink, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Additionally, some platforms can subsume existing IaC scripts for continual reuse by using blueprints of entire environments that incorporate all necessary components of an environment like applications, data and services. Edan Evantal, Forbes, 20 May 2022 Many Ukrainians see Russia as a colonial power that for centuries has tried to suppress Ukrainian identity and subsume it into mainstream Russian culture. Max Bearak, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 What’s fascinating about all this is the world had become a place where big bully countries no longer could subsume their neighbors that had bed the way of the world for a long time. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 2 Mar. 2022 There was a growing sense that the roiling underground was rising up to subsume the status quo. Adam Sternbergh, Vulture, 22 Dec. 2021 The tyrants of the past demanded obedience—the outward performance of certain behaviors—but totalitarian regimes seek to subsume, to obliterate the core of the human being. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 Campion has spent her career probing the complex inner worlds of these and other women, giving vivid expression to desires they are often forced to subsume or repress. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 In terms of broader concerns, gas prices, inflation, border policies and supply-chain disruptions threaten to subsume all other messaging. Rick Klein, ABC News, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Subsume.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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