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Related to subsume: subsumption
tr.v. sub·sumed, sub·sum·ing, sub·sumes
1. 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).
2. 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).
[Medieval Latin subsūmere : Latin sub-, sub- + Latin sūmere, to take; see em- in Indo-European roots.]
1. to incorporate (an idea, proposition, case, etc) under a comprehensive or inclusive classification or heading
2. to consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle
[C16: from New Latin subsumere, from Latin sub- + sumere to take]
v.t. -sumed, -sum•ing.
1. to consider or include (an idea, term, etc.) as part of a more comprehensive one.
2. to bring (a case, instance, etc.) under a rule.
3. to take up into a more inclusive classification.
Past participle: subsumed
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|Verb||1.||subsume - contain or include; "This new system subsumes the old one"|
include - have as a part, be made up out of; "The list includes the names of many famous writers"
|2.||subsume - consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle|
include - consider as part of something; "I include you in the list of culprits"