Subsume
Subsume Sub*sume", v. t. [Pref. sub- + L. sumere to take.] To take up into or under, as individual under species, species under genus, or particular under universal; to place (any one cognition) under another as belonging to it; to include under something else. [1913 Webster]

To subsume one proposition under another. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

A principle under which one might subsume men's most strenuous efforts after righteousness. --W. Pater. [1913 Webster]


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  • subsume — index classify, comprise, encompass (include), include, pigeonhole Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • subsume — 1530s, from Mod.L. subsumere to take under, from L. sub under (see SUB (Cf. sub )) + sumere to take (see EXEMPT (Cf. exempt)). Related: Subsumed; subsuming …   Etymology dictionary

  • subsume — *include, comprehend, embrace, involve, imply …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • subsume — ► VERB ▪ include or absorb in something else. DERIVATIVES subsumable adjective. ORIGIN Latin subsumere, from sumere take …   English terms dictionary

  • subsume — [səb so͞om′, subsyo͞om′] vt. subsumed, subsuming [ModL subsumere < L sub , under + sumere, to take: see CONSUME] 1. to include within a larger class, group, order, etc. 2. to show (an idea, instance, etc.) to be covered by a rule, principle,… …   English World dictionary

  • subsume — v. (formal) (d; tr.) ( to classify ) to subsume under (to subsume an item under a more inclusive category) * * * [səb sjuːm] (formal) (d; tr.) ( to classify ) to subsume under (to subsume an item under a more inclusive category) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • subsume — UK [səbˈsjuːm] / US [səbˈsum] verb [transitive, often passive] Word forms subsume : present tense I/you/we/they subsume he/she/it subsumes present participle subsuming past tense subsumed past participle subsumed formal to include something in a… …   English dictionary

  • subsume — sub|sume [səbˈsju:m US ˈsu:m] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Modern Latin; Origin: subsumere, from Latin sumere to take up ] formal to include someone or something as a member of a group or type, rather than considering it separately subsume sb/sth… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • subsume — verb (T) formal to include someone or something as a member of a group or type, rather than considering it separately: subsume sb/sth under sth: For the purpose of the survey, typists are subsumed under office workers …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • subsume — transitive verb (subsumed; subsuming) Etymology: New Latin subsumere, from Latin sub + sumere to take up more at consume Date: 1825 to include or place within something larger or more comprehensive ; encompass as a subordinate or component… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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