Subsume means to absorb or include. A successful company might subsume a failing competitor through a merger, or love may subsume you in the early stages of a romance.

Subsume is a verb that comes from the Latin words sub, which means “from below,” and sumere, which means “take.” So subsume means “to take from below,” like a sneak attack by some kind of deep-sea creature. Sailors and scuba divers should beware of monsters from the blackest depths waiting to subsume them.

Definitions of subsume

v contain or include

“This new system subsumes the old one”
Type of:
have as a part, be made up out of

v consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle

Type of:
consider as part of something

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