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subsume

[ suhb-soom ]
/ səbˈsum /
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verb (used with object), sub·sumed, sub·sum·ing.

to consider or include (an idea, term, proposition, etc.) as part of a more comprehensive one.
to bring (a case, instance, etc.) under a rule.
to take up into a more inclusive classification.

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Origin of subsume

1525–35; <Medieval Latin subsūmere, equivalent to Latin sub-sub- + sūmere to take; see consume
sub·sum·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subsume

subsume
/ (səbˈsjuːm) /

verb (tr)

to incorporate (an idea, proposition, case, etc) under a comprehensive or inclusive classification or heading
to consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle
subsumable, adjective
C16: from New Latin subsumere, from Latin sub- + sumere to take
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