subsume

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
  1. verb
    contain or include
    “This new system subsumes the old one”
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    type of:
    include
    have as a part, be made up out of
  2. verb
    consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle
    synonyms: colligate
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    type of:
    include
    consider as part of something
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