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English definition of “subsume”


verb [T]     /səbˈsjuːm/ US  /-ˈsuːm/ formal
to include something or someone as part of a larger group : Soldiers from many different countries have been subsumed into the United Nations peace-keeping force . All the statistics have been subsumed under the general heading ' Facts and Figures '.Including and containingComprising and consisting of
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