- When a new company takes over the old company so that the old company becomes one with the new, this is an example of where the new company subsumes the old.
- When the solution of a problem is rolled into the implementation plan for a larger problem, this is an example of subsume.
Subsume is to absorb, contain or include something into something else.
transitive verb-·sumed′, -·sum′ing
- to include within a larger class, group, order, etc.
- to show (an idea, instance, etc.) to be covered by a rule, principle, etc.
Origin of subsumeModern Latin subsumere from Classical Latin sub-, under + sumere, to take: see consume
transitive verbsub·sumed, sub·sum·ing, sub·sumes
- To classify or include in a more comprehensive category or under a general principle: “When late eighteenth-century Americans spoke of politics, they referred to a broad set of principles that they subsumed under the heading of republicanism” ( Eric Foner )
- To absorb (something) into or cause (something) to be overshadowed by something else: “The moment's regret was subsumed in the needs of the next moment” ( Diana Gabaldon )
Origin of subsumeMedieval Latin subsūmere Latin sub- sub- Latin sūmere to take ; see em- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present subsumes, present participle subsuming, simple past and past participle subsumed)