Definition of Assume

1. Verb. Take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof. "I assume his train was late"

2. Verb. Take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities. "When will the new President assume office?"
Exact synonyms: Adopt, Take On, Take Over
Specialized synonyms: Resume
Generic synonyms: Take Office
Derivative terms: Assumption

3. Verb. Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect. "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
Exact synonyms: Acquire, Adopt, Take, Take On
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Re-assume

4. Verb. Take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person. "She agreed to bear the responsibility"
Exact synonyms: Accept, Bear, Take Over
Generic synonyms: Take
Specialized synonyms: Carry-the Can, Face The Music
Derivative terms: Assumption

5. Verb. Occupy or take on. "The men assume the horses across the field"; "Strike a pose"
Exact synonyms: Strike, Take, Take Up
Generic synonyms: Move
Related verbs: Fill, Occupy, Take

6. Verb. Seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession. "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"
Exact synonyms: Arrogate, Seize, Take Over, Usurp
Generic synonyms: Take
Specialized synonyms: Annex, Appropriate, Capture, Conquer, Seize, Preoccupy, Hijack, Raid
Derivative terms: Arrogation, Arrogator, Assumption, Takeover, Usurpation, Usurper

7. Verb. Make a pretence of. "He feigned sleep"
Exact synonyms: Feign, Sham, Simulate
Generic synonyms: Act, Dissemble, Pretend
Specialized synonyms: Play, Feint
Derivative terms: Feigning, Sham, Shammer, Shammer, Simulation

8. Verb. Take up someone's soul into heaven. "This is the day when May was assumed into heaven"
Category relationships: Christian Religion, Christianity
Generic synonyms: Invite, Receive, Take In
Derivative terms: Assumption

9. Verb. Put clothing on one's body. "He got into his jeans"
Exact synonyms: Don, Get Into, Put On, Wear
Generic synonyms: Dress, Get Dressed
Specialized synonyms: Hat, Try, Try On, Scarf, Slip On
Derivative terms: Wear, Wearable

Definition of Assume

1. v. t. To take to or upon one's self; to take formally and demonstratively; sometimes, to appropriate or take unjustly.

2. v. i. To be arrogant or pretentious; to claim more than is due.

Definition of Assume

1. Verb. To authenticate by means of belief; to surmise; to suppose to be true, especially without proof. ¹

2. Verb. To take on a position or duty. ¹

3. Verb. To adopt an idea or cause. ¹

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Definition of Assume

1. to take on [v -SUMED, -SUMING, -SUMES]

Literary usage of Assume

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Republic of Plato by Plato (1911)
"“Who then are the men whom you will compel to assume the guardianship of the State? Are they other than those who have the most profound knowledge of that ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1907)
"activity is inhibited by the continuous formation of certain stuffs in the body, e. д., in the eyes. If, now, we assume that acid inhibits the formation of ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1887)
"*3£0н, от Emanation of the Deity, might assume the out- w urd shape and visible appearances of a mortal ;26 but they vainly pretended that the imperfections ..."

4. The History of England from the Accession of James II by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay (1879)
"Some of the prince's advisers pressed him to assume the crown at once as his own by right of conquest, and then, as king, to send out, under his great seal, ..."

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