subsume

verb
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for subsume

Synonyms

carry, comprehend, contain, embrace, encompass, entail, include, involve, number, take in

Antonyms

exclude, leave (out), miss out [British], omit

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Examples of subsume in a Sentence

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

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The Crosstrek Hybrid was one of those interesting normal cars that was sort of subsumed by the glitz of the show (both in terms of cars and, at Subaru's own stand, a dog kissing booth). Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Car Shows Used to Be Amazing—And They Might Be Again," 5 Dec. 2018 Under this cynical program, the identity of the group subsumes the identity of the individual, allowing little room for independence, self-realization or free thought. Orrin Hatch, WSJ, "Identity Politics Threatens the American Experiment," 18 May 2018 Sheldon thanks her for explaining her fears to him—and for using the word subsumed—and the credits roll. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 18 Oct. 2018 Its unlikely alliance with Turkey and Iran has sidelined or subsumed parallel Western peace efforts. Angela Charlton, The Seattle Times, "Syria: Everyone else’s battleground, in both war and peace," 25 Sep. 2018 This can make Donut County feel a bit like a disjointed set of distinct puzzles, rather than a wide world ready to be explored and subsumed. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Donut County lets you become one with nothingness," 27 Aug. 2018 The new search will subsume Windows search and show local files among its results. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft unifying search across Bing, Office, and Windows," 24 Sep. 2018 The new restrictions at Kerem Shalom could quickly be subsumed into a larger diplomatic struggle involving Israel, Egypt, the United States and the Palestinian Authority over how to ease suffering in Gaza, and who should bear responsibility for it. New York Times, "Unable to Stop Flaming Kites, Israel Moves to Choke Off Gaza Commerce," 9 July 2018 That the things that are hers are getting subsumed into theirs. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 18 Oct. 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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