Meaning of subsume

sub•sume

Pronunciation: (sub-sm'), [key]
— -sumed, -sum•ing.
  1. to consider or include (an idea, term, proposition, etc.) as part of a more comprehensive one.
  2. to bring (a case, instance, etc.) under a rule.
  3. to take up into a more inclusive classification.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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