Defined:  1. to consider or include (an idea, term, 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. TRANSITIVE VERB (Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.)

And we have the perfect example of subsume right at hand!  Subsume is a transitive verb.  The categories of 3freewordsaday include transitive verbs.  In fact all parts of speech, which will be included on this blog, are/will be subsumed under the heading Categories.

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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).

[Medieval Latin subsmere : Latin sub-, sub- + Latin smere, to take; see em- in Indo-European roots.]

(The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.)

1. to incorporate (an idea, proposition, case, etc.) under a comprehensive or inclusive classification or heading
2. to consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle

[from New Latin subsumere, from Latin sub- + sumere to take]

(Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003)


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