from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To classify, include, or incorporate in a more comprehensive category or under a general principle: "The evolutionarily later always subsumes and includes the evolutionarily earlier” ( Frederick Turner).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To place (any one cognition) under another as belonging to it; to include or contain under something else.
- v. To consider an occurrence as part of a principle or rule; to colligate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To take up into or under, as individual under species, species under genus, or particular under universal; to place (any one cognition) under another as belonging to it; to include under something else.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In logic, to state (a case) under a general rule; instance (an object or objects) as belonging to a class under consideration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. contain or include
- v. consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle
Medieval Latin subsūmere : Latin sub-, sub- + Latin sūmere, to take; see em- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin subsumō, equivalent to the Latin sub- ("sub-") and sūmō ("to take"), confer the English consume. (Wiktionary)