[suh b-soom]
verb (used with object), sub·sumed, sub·sum·ing.
  1. to consider or include (an idea, term, proposition, etc.) as part of a more comprehensive one.
  2. to bring (a case, instance, etc.) under a rule.
  3. to take up into a more inclusive classification.

Origin of subsume

1525–35; < Medieval Latin subsūmere, equivalent to Latin sub- sub- + sūmere to take; see consume
Related formssub·sum·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for subsumable


verb (tr)
  1. to incorporate (an idea, proposition, case, etc) under a comprehensive or inclusive classification or heading
  2. to consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle
Derived Formssubsumable, adjective

Word Origin for subsume

C16: from New Latin subsumere, from Latin sub- + sumere to take
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Word Origin and History for subsumable



1530s, from Modern Latin subsumere "to take under," from Latin sub "under" (see sub-) + sumere "to take" (see exempt (adj.)). Related: Subsumed; subsuming.

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