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[suh b-soom] /səbˈsum/
verb (used with object), subsumed, subsuming.
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.
Origin of subsume
1525-35; < Medieval Latin subsūmere, equivalent to Latin sub- sub- + sūmere to take; see consume
Related forms
subsumable, adjective Unabridged
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  • Libraries and librarians were subsumed by information-technology departments.
  • The goal of holding wrongdoers accountable now risks being subsumed by a partisan witch-hunt.
  • So seasonal variations are subsumed within the average rise.
  • Breakfast does make one feel somewhat subsumed into an age-old domestic ritual.
  • But these were quickly subsumed within a keen attention to natural forms and the grotesque sublime.
  • Those crucial functions cannot be subsumed by nuclear power.
  • Then he jumped down into the crowd, still singing, one voice subsumed by many.
  • The part of the marsh that borders the open water is risk of dying and being subsumed by the sea.
  • After about a day, every feature was subsumed by swelling.
  • Homeopathic pills are inert sugar pills that get subsumed into the body's carbohydrate metabolism.
British Dictionary definitions for subsumed


verb (transitive)
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
subsumable, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin subsumere, from Latin sub- + sumere to take
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Word Origin and History for subsumed



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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