Subsume Definition

subsumed, subsumes, subsuming
subsumed, subsumes, subsuming
To classify or include in a more comprehensive category or under a general principle.
American Heritage
To include within a larger class, group, order, etc.
Webster's New World
To absorb (something) into or cause (something) to be overshadowed by something else.
American Heritage
To show (an idea, instance, etc.) to be covered by a rule, principle, etc.
Webster's New World
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.

Origin of Subsume

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

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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