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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

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

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

Derived forms of subsume

subsumable, adjective

Word Origin for subsume

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