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assume
used in Animal Farm

2 meanings, 4 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
I assume it's true
Definition
to accept something as true without proof
  • The animals had assumed as a matter of course that these would be shared out equally; one day, however, the order went forth that all the windfalls were to be collected and brought to the harness-room for the use of the pigs.
    Chapter 3 (86% in)
assumed = accepted as true (without really knowing for sure)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The shed where Snowball had drawn his plans of the windmill had been shut up and it was assumed that the plans had been rubbed off the floor.
    Chapter 5 (85% in)
  • assumed = accepted as true (though not known for sure)
  • Too many farmers had assumed, without due enquiry, that on such a farm a spirit of licence and indiscipline would prevail.
    Chapter 10 (70% in)
assumed = accepted as true (without really knowing for sure)
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2  —1 use as in:
She assumed power
Definition
beginning to take power or responsibility
  • With their superior knowledge it was natural that they should assume the leadership.
    Chapter 3 (6% in)
assume = take on (as a responsibility)
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