Definitions for: Assume


[v] put clothing on one's body; "What should I wear today?"; "He put on his best suit for the wedding"; "The princess donned a long blue dress"; "The queen assumed the stately robes"; "He got into his jeans"
[v] take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
[v] take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof; "I assume his train was late"
[v] Christianity, obsolete; take up someone's soul into heaven; "This is the day when May was assumed into heaven"
[v] make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"
[v] occupy or take on, as of a position or posture; "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"
[v] seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession; "He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"
[v] take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person; "I'll accept the charges"; "She agreed to bear the responsibility"
[v] take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?"



Webster (1913) Definition: As*sume", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assumed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Assuming.] [L. assumere; ad + sumere to take; sub +
emere to take, buy: cf. F. assumer. See Redeem.]
1. To take to or upon one's self; to take formally and
demonstratively; sometimes, to appropriate or take
unjustly.

Trembling they stand while Jove assumes the throne.
--Pope.

The god assumed his native form again. --Pope.

2. To take for granted, or without proof; to suppose as a
fact; to suppose or take arbitrarily or tentatively.

The consequences of assumed principles. --Whewell.

3. To pretend to possess; to take in appearance.

Ambition assuming the mask of religion. --Porteus.

Assume a virtue, if you have it not. --Shak.

4. To receive or adopt.

The sixth was a young knight of lesser renown and
lower rank, assumed into that honorable company.
--Sir W.
Scott.

Syn: To arrogate; usurp; appropriate.


As*sume", v. i.
1. To be arrogant or pretentious; to claim more than is due.
--Bp. Burnet.

2. (Law) To undertake, as by a promise. --Burrill.

Synonyms: accept, acquire, adopt, adopt, arrogate, bear, don, feign, get into, presume, put on, seize, sham, simulate, strike, take, take, take for granted, take on, take on, take over, take over, take up, usurp, wear

See Also: act, anticipate, change, dissemble, dress, expect, face the music, feint, get dressed, hat, invite, move, play, presuppose, pretend, raid, re-assume, receive, resume, scarf, slip on, take, take in, take office, try, try on

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