verb (used with object), assumed, assuming.
to take for granted or without proof:
to assume that everyone wants peace.
Synonyms: suppose, presuppose; postulate, posit.
to take upon oneself; undertake:
to assume an obligation.
to take over the duties or responsibilities of:
to assume the office of treasurer.
to take on (a particular character, quality, mode of life, etc.); adopt:
He assumed the style of an aggressive go-getter.
to take on; be invested or endowed with:
The situation assumed a threatening character.
to pretend to have or be; feign:
to assume a humble manner.
to appropriate or arrogate; seize; usurp:
to assume a right to oneself; to assume control.
to take upon oneself (the debts or obligations of another).
Archaic. to take into relation or association; adopt.
verb (used without object), assumed, assuming.
to take something for granted; presume.
(may take a clause as object) to take for granted; accept without proof; suppose: to assume that someone is sane
to take upon oneself; undertake or take on or over (a position, responsibility, etc): to assume office
to pretend to; feign: he assumed indifference, although the news affected him deeply
to take or put on; adopt: the problem assumed gigantic proportions
to appropriate or usurp (power, control, etc); arrogate: the revolutionaries assumed control of the city
(Christianity) (of God) to take up (the soul of a believer) into heaven
early 15c., assumpten “to receive up into heaven” (especially of the Virgin Mary), also assumen “to arrogate,” from Latin assumere “to take up, take to oneself,” from ad- “to, up” (see ad-) + sumere “to take,” from sub “under” + emere “to take” (see exempt (adj.)).
Meaning “to suppose, to take for granted as the basis of argument” is first recorded 1590s; that of “to take or put on (an appearance, etc.)” is from c.1600. Related: Assumed; assuming. Early past participle was assumpt. In rhetorical usage, assume expresses what the assumer postulates, often as a confessed hypothesis; presume expresses what the presumer really believes.
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