[ suh b-soom ]
/ səbˈsum /

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.

Nearby words

  1. substratosphere,
  2. substratum,
  3. substruction,
  4. substructure,
  5. subsulfate,
  6. subsumption,
  7. subsurface,
  8. subsystem,
  9. subtangent,
  10. subteen

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for 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 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 subsume



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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