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
"subsume" the least of individual things except in so far as the material element which is its body would surround all living things and bring them into contact with one another.
And finally, "A few collections of essays on novelists or various aspects of fiction have been especially valuable because of the attitudes torwards fiction that subsume them:"
The older I get, the less I want to subsume my entire life's work and hopes into some poor small person who would have done nothing to deserve the resentment I would surely feel.
A statement which so mischaracterised the nature of the relationship between any supporters and their national side that it threatened to subsume all legitimate definitions of trust into its black hole of idiocy.
But in the world of professional cooking, learning requires you to subsume yourself and your ego in the undifferentiated mass that labors at the bottom of the kitchen hierarchy.
Ms. Sussman, who was born in England in 1961 but lives and works in Brooklyn, has the ability to subsume viewers in opulence with images as thick and sweet as molasses.
Technocratic bad ideas tend to co-opt and subsume the elites and those with money and power.
Infact, after controlling for regional heterogeneity, any one of these three variables is sufficient to subsume the impact of regime type on wars, militarized interstate disputes (MIDs), and fatal disputes.
So how about we subsume “states rights” within the general concept of “subsidiarity”?
The truth about Custer --- which is to say one of the truths about him --- that Berger is getting at through Jack Crabb is that Custer was intensely charismatic and he had that ability charismatic leaders have of convincing other people to subsume their egos in his and to start seeing the world the way they do, as being all about and for them.