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From Late Latin subsumō, equivalent to the Latin sub- (sub-) and sūmō (to take), confer the English consume.


subsume (third-person singular simple present subsumes, present participle subsuming, simple past and past participle subsumed)

  1. To place (any one cognition) under another as belonging to it; to include or contain something else.
    • March 14, 2018, Roger Penrose writing in The Guardian, 'Mind over matter': Stephen Hawking – obituary
      A few years later (in a paper published by the Royal Society in 1970, by which time Hawking had become a fellow “for distinction in science” of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge), he and I joined forces to publish an even more powerful theorem which subsumed almost all the work in this area that had gone before.
    • 1961: J. A. Philip. Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato. In: Proceedings and Transactions of the American Philological Association 92. p. 453--468.
      no allusion is made to forms because Plato is subsuming under the class of productive crafts both divine and human imitation;
  2. To consider an occurrence as part of a principle or rule; to colligate

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  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of subsumir.
  2. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of subsumir.
  3. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of subsumir.