What is the difference between Subsume and Consume?

The difference between subsume and consume

is that "subsume" is to place under another as belonging to it; to include or contain something else and "consume" is to use up.




  • To place (any one cognition) under another as belonging to it; to include or contain something else.
  • To consider an occurrence as part of a principle or rule; to colligate

Related terms

  • subsumption


  • A few years later , he and I joined forces to publish an even more powerful theorem which subsumed almost all the work in this area that had gone before.
  • no allusion is made to forms because Plato is subsuming under the class of productive crafts both divine and human imitation;


  • (transitive) To use up.
  • (transitive) To eat.
  • (transitive) To completely occupy the thoughts or attention of.
  • (transitive) To destroy completely.
  • (intransitive, obsolete) To waste away slowly.
  • (economics, transitive, intransitive) To trade money for good or services as an individual.
  • (transitive) To absorb information, especially through the mass media.


  • (use): burn (of energy), use, use up
  • (eat): devour, eat, swallow
  • (occupy): occupy, overcome, take over
  • (destroy): annihilate, destroy, devastate, eliminate, obliterate, raze (of a building), wipe out

Related terms

  • consumption
  • consumptive


  • The power plant consumes 30 tons of coal per hour.
  • Baby birds consume their own weight in food each day.
  • Desire consumed him.
  • The building was consumed by fire.
  • If he were putting to my house the brand / That shall consume it.
  • Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through to steal: […]
  • Therefore, let Benedick, like cover’d fire, / Consume away in sighs.
  • But, sir, you see how weak I am. You must see that I have been consuming from day to day […] .
  • He assured her the child was consuming at that moment in the next room.
  • In a materialistic society, individuals are taught to consume, consume, consume.
  • If you consume this product while in Japan, you may be subject to consumption tax.
  • The Internet has changed the way we consume news.