Subsume meaning

səb-so͝om
To include within a larger class, group, order, etc.
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To absorb (something) into or cause (something) to be overshadowed by something else.
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To show (an idea, instance, etc.) to be covered by a rule, principle, etc.
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To place (any one cognition) under another as belonging to it; to include or contain under something else.
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To consider an occurrence as part of a principle or rule; to colligate.
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Subsume is to absorb, contain or include something into something else.

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.

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To classify or include in a more comprehensive category or under a general principle.
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Origin of subsume

  • Medieval Latin subsūmere Latin sub- sub- Latin sūmere to take em- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin subsumō, equivalent to the Latin sub- (“sub-") and sÅ«mō (“to take"), confer the English consume.

    From Wiktionary