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 Essentially, this doctrine says that when a woman who owns property or earns wages, or has any assets, gets married, those assets, those wages, that wealth, immediately becomes her husband’s — their identities are subsumed into one. Anna North, Vox, "How white women’s “investment” in slavery has shaped America today," 19 Aug. 2019 Despite Soylent's best attempts, there isn't (yet) a workaround for food, making lunch the one part of the day that hasn't been standardized and subsumed into the nine-to-five matrix. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How Choosing the Right Time to Eat Lunch Can Shape Your Whole Day," 10 Sep. 2019 Washington’s brief lip service about instituting meaningful gun regulation has again faded and been subsumed by the chase of the chaotic Trump agenda. Dr. Dean L. Winslow, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Why we need the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019," 10 Sep. 2019 At this point, if two stars are orbiting close together, one will be subsumed into the other, and the pair will collide before ever becoming black holes. Quanta Magazine, "To Make Two Black Holes Collide, Try Three," 15 Aug. 2019 Entrepreneurs, eyeing a potential cliff on the horizon while also watching rivals get subsumed by acquirers, may find the time for an exit ripe. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The Cybersecurity Market Is Consolidating—Cyber Saturday," 8 June 2019 But now, as the President’s online pronouncements and stream of daily commentary have almost subsumed regular policymaking, few dispute the significance of having an around the clock, unfiltered Presidential feed. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Wacky, Angry, and Extreme August," 3 Sep. 2019 By the summer of 1990, the New Kids were the biggest act in the world — and had fully lost control of their image, now subsumed by a global merchandising blitzkrieg worth about $400 million. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "I’ll Be Loving You Forever," 14 Aug. 2019 The new law also establishes the National Research Agency, a giant new institution that may subsume most government research centers, including the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Jakarta. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Indonesia’s strict new biopiracy rules could stifle international research," 24 July 2019

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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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