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assume
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Wuthering Heights
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  • I exclaimed, assuming the cheerful; ’and I fear I shall be weather-bound for half an hour, if you can afford me shelter during that space.’
  • In a few seconds she stretched herself out stiff, and turned up her eyes, while her cheeks, at once blanched and livid, assumed the aspect of death.

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  • I fancied it could not be very prejudicial to Mrs. Linton; unless she made it so afterwards, by assuming the defensive for her guest.
  • He looked astonished at the expression my face assumed during a brief second: it was not horror, it was covetousness.
  • ’Noa!’ said Joseph, giving a thud with his prop on the floor, and assuming an authoritative air.
  • ’Get up, you idle boy!’ he exclaimed, with assumed heartiness.
  • Her hope was that Linton might be left with him, as he had been with her: his father, she would fain convince herself, had no desire to assume the burden of his maintenance or education.
  • Then he drew his hand over his eyes, stood a moment to collect himself apparently, and turning anew to Catherine, said, with assumed calmness — ’You must learn to avoid putting me in a passion, or I shall really murder you some time!
  • He didn’t cast a glance towards my companions, though they were sufficiently near for Linton’s sobs to be audible; but hailing me in the almost hearty tone he assumed to none besides, and the sincerity of which I couldn’t avoid doubting, he said — ’It is something to see you so near to my house, Nelly.
  • ’ "But then," I continued, holding myself ready to flee, "if poor Catherine had trusted you, and assumed the ridiculous, contemptible, degrading title of Mrs. Heathcliff, she would soon have presented a similar picture!

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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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