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as in: She assumed a false identity Define
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) -- often while pretending or disguising
  • You assumed some name, I suppose, on board ship?
  • I looked as grateful as any boy possibly could, who was wholly uninformed why he ought to assume that expression.

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  • For a moment, with the fear of my sister’s working me before my eyes, I had a desperate idea of starting round the room in the assumed character of Mr. Pumblechook’s chaise-cart.
  • Mr. Camilla interposing, as Mrs. Camilla laid her hand upon her heaving bosom, that lady assumed an unnatural fortitude of manner which I supposed to be expressive of an intention to drop and choke when out of view, and kissing her hand to Miss Havisham, was escorted forth.
  • However, I came into town on the Monday night to be ready for Joe, and I got up early in the morning, and caused the sitting-room and breakfast-table to assume their most splendid appearance.
  • Her countenance immediately assumed a knitted and intent expression as if she had been reading for a week, but before she could have read half a dozen lines, she fixed her eyes upon me, and said, "I hope your mamma is quite well?"
  • "This is very curious!" said I, with the best assumption I could put on of its being nothing more to me.
  • It was with considerable difficulty that I won him over to the assumption of a dress more like a prosperous farmer’s; and we arranged that he should cut his hair close, and wear a little powder.

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  • She assumed the identify of her victim until the body was found.
  • She thinks the aliens can assume human form.

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as in: I assume it's true Define
to accept something as true without proof
  • As to this case, if you will have scratches, we say that, for anything we know, you may have accounted for them, assuming for the sake of argument that you have not invented them?

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  • I assume she was at school today, but I don’t remember actually seeing her.
  • Let’s assume that 80% of the people who said they will come to the party will actually show up.

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as in: She assumed power Define
beginning to take power or responsibility
  • Within a month, I had quitted England, and within two months I was clerk to Clarriker and Co., and within four months I assumed my first undivided responsibility.
  • When I was old enough, I was to be apprenticed to Joe, and until I could assume that dignity I was not to be what Mrs. Joe called "Pompeyed," or (as I render it) pampered.

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  • The dictator assumed control of the country at midnight this morning.
  • When she adopted the baby boy, she assumed responsibility for taking care of him.

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  • Mrs. Wemmick, more heedful of the future, put her white gloves in her pocket and assumed her green.

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as in: I assume it's true Define
to accept something as true without proof
as in: She assumed power Define
beginning to take power or responsibility
as in: She assumed a false identity Define
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) -- often while pretending or disguising
as in: assumed into heaven Define
to take up or receive someone into heaven
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