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 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 Our analysis, however, did not determine whether this one factor might subsume many other truly causal factors. R. Alexander Bentley, The Conversation, 18 May 2021 An immense crisis can be lost amid the rush of history, and Knowles wonders if the fracturing of democratic norms or the economic woes that COVID-19 set off might not subsume the current pandemic. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 29 Dec. 2020 What Michigan needs is subtle and authentic, a coach and personality who won’t subsume the Michigan brand, but will adjust and adapt to it. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 15 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 8 May 2020 Lawmakers are also expected to approve a plan designed to streamline China’s sprawling bureaucracy and subsume state functions under party control. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, 11 Mar. 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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29 May 2021

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“Subsume.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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