Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: subsumé



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 under something else.
    • 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

Related terms[edit]





  1. first-person singular present indicative of subsumer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of subsumer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of subsumer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of subsumer
  5. second-person singular imperative of subsumer