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assume
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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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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
  • It struck him that the man’s whole life was playing a part, and that he felt it to be dangerous to drop his assumed personality even for a moment.
  • He paused, and for a moment assumed again his air of a schoolmaster questioning a promising pupil: ’How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?’

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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
  • It was assumed that when he was not working, eating, or sleeping he would be taking part in some kind of communal recreation: to do anything that suggested a taste for solitude, even to go for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous.
  • One could assume that Withers and his associates were now in disgrace, but there had been no report of the matter in the Press or on the telescreen.

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  • You could not invariably assume this to be the case when people were arrested.
  • You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.
  • In general you could not assume that you were much safer in the country than in London.
  • It had always been assumed that if the capitalist class were expropriated, Socialism must follow: and unquestionably the capitalists had been expropriated.
  • I assume that you have a hiding-place of some kind?
  • Science and technology were developing at a prodigious speed, and it seemed natural to assume that they would go on developing.
  • The older kind of Socialist, who had been trained to fight against something called ’class privilege’ assumed that what is not hereditary cannot be permanent.
  • When you delude yourself into thinking that you see something, you assume that everyone else sees the same thing as you.

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  • When we navigate the ocean, or when we predict an eclipse, we often find it convenient to assume that the earth goes round the sun and that the stars are millions upon millions of kilometres away.

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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: 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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