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Definition of subsume verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

subsume

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//səbˈsjuːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsuːm//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they subsume
BrE BrE//səbˈsjuːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsuːm//
 
he / she / it subsumes
BrE BrE//səbˈsjuːmz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsuːmz//
 
past simple subsumed
BrE BrE//səbˈsjuːmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsuːmd//
 
past participle subsumed
BrE BrE//səbˈsjuːmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsuːmd//
 
-ing form subsuming
BrE BrE//səbˈsjuːmɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsuːmɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] subsume something + adv./prep. (formal) to include something in a particular group and not consider it separately All these different ideas can be subsumed under just two broad categories. The new party subsumed several small left-wing parties. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘add’): from medieval Latin subsumere, from sub- ‘from below’ + sumere ‘take’. The current sense dates from the early 19th cent.
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