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Definition to absorb a smaller or less vital idea or entity into another


consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle
  • This new system subsumes the old one
subsumes = absorbs
  • Her work was demanding, but she did not let it subsume her identity.
  • They talk of subsuming individual welfare for the sake of a family unit as though the welfare of the family unit is not a vital part of individual welfare.
  • The acquired company retains its identity, but many think the larger company will eventually subsume it.
  • The message was directed by computer to Central Codes, a station that handled the coding of all projects subsumed under the system of Cooler.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • You were now subsumed into the superorganism.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • All the gods, Bodhisattvas, and Buddhas have been subsumed in us, as in the halo of the mighty holder of the lotus of the world.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • But he had that quality which we always vaguely subsumed under 'thinking like a lawyer.'
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Some freshmen lost their fear very quickly; others lost their fear when it was subsumed by their total, passionate faith in the system.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Just as the waxing moon rose and subsumed the night shadows in beams of marble light, Roran noticed a disturbance in Carvahall.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She had lost Alessandro, who was underneath Lorna, completely subsumed.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • I could be subsumed into Abnegation's hive mind, projecting always outward.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • And, of course, what prompted Naphta to call patriotism a plague was asceticism—what all did he not subsume under that concept, what all, in his opinion, did not oppose asceticism and the kingdom of God!
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He had subsumed himself in Sebastian, had given over his will entirely, and it had been pleasurable and easy, and down in the darkest depths of his treacherous heart, Jace knew that part of him wanted it again.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • They looked like they'd been grown and nurtured in colossal vats, a jumble of mutated cells that had been made to grow around a mechanical core until the machinery and engines were subsumed and buried within living tissues.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • It was they who monetized TruYou, who found ways to reap funds from all of Ty's innovations, and it was they who grew the company into the force that subsumed Facebook, Twitter, Google, and finally Alacrity, Zoopa, Jefe and Quan.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The familiar taste and feel of him washed over her, and she leaned into him for a split second, her doubts subsumed in her body's blind, unreasoning recognition of the need to keep him close, to keep him there—just as the door of her bedroom opened.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • That evening, as I wended my way along our camp's perimeter, subsumed in the rhythmic din of birds and insects calling out from the jungle, I couldn't help but think of the sorry line of the girls entering the commander's house, led by the physician, Captain Ono.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The violence from below was then productive of nothing but a retaliatory violence from above, the dream of justice became subsumed into the callousness of reality, and people settled in to a quarter century of life-waste and spirit- waste, of hardening attitudes and narrowing possibilities that were the natural result of political solidarity, traumatic suffering and sheer emotional self-protectiveness.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • I forgot my own being, abandoned my limited range of senses as I swam in a sea that was neither dark nor light, formed nor formless, yet knowing my way, subsumed, as it were, within a perpetual act of that thing we had decided to call ludus that was creation, destruction, and sustenance, patterned and infinitely repatterned, scattered and joined, mounting and descending, divorced from all temporal phenomena yet containing the essence of time.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion

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