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assume - Dictionary definition and meaning for word assume

(verb) take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
Synonyms : presume , take for granted
Example Sentence
  • I assume his train was late

(verb) take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
Synonyms : adopt , take on , take over
Example Sentence
  • When will the new President assume office?

(verb) take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
Synonyms : acquire , adopt , take , take on
Example Sentence
  • 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

(verb) take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
Synonyms : accept , bear , take over
Example Sentence
  • I'll accept the charges
  • She agreed to bear the responsibility

(verb) occupy or take on
Synonyms : strike , take , take up
Example Sentence
  • 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

(verb) seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
Synonyms : arrogate , seize , take over , usurp
Example Sentence
  • 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

(verb) make a pretence of
Synonyms : feign , sham , simulate
Example Sentence
  • She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger
  • he feigned sleep

(verb) take up someone's soul into heaven
Example Sentence
  • This is the day when May was assumed into heaven

(verb) put clothing on one's body
Synonyms : don , get into , put on , wear
Example Sentence
  • 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

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for assume

if you assume you make an ASS out of U and ME
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