[ suhb-soom ]
See synonyms for: subsumesubsumed on

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.

  1. to take up into a more inclusive classification.

Origin of subsume

First recorded in 1525–35; from Medieval Latin subsūmere, equivalent to Latin sub- “under, below, beneath”; + sūmere “to take”; see sub-, consume

Other words from subsume

  • sub·sum·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for subsume


/ (səbˈsjuːm) /

  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

Origin of subsume

C16: from New Latin subsumere, from Latin sub- + sumere to take

Derived forms of subsume

  • subsumable, adjective

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