To include as comprehended or subordinate.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (verb) (v.) (verb)

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Hence the problem arises, 'How is it possible to subsume objects of empirical perception under pure conceptions?
- Kant's Theory of Knowledge by Harold Arthur Prichard
Indian thought is not inclined to dualism, which is perhaps the outcome of a practical mind desiring a certain course and seeing everywhere the difficulties which the Evil One puts in the way of it, but rather to that pantheism which tends to subsume both good and evil under a higher unity.
- Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot
The official French formula for annexing the Saar was to subsume it under " Alsace- Lorraine" meaning the Alsace- Lorraine of 1814- 1815. By insistence on " 1871" the President was really defining the ultimate boundary between Germany and France, was adverting to the secret treaty, and was casting it aside.
- Public Opinion by Walter Lippmann