To better see all uses of the word
assume
in
The Count of Monte Cristo
please enable javascript.

assume
Used In
The Count of Monte Cristo
Show Multiple Meanings
Go to Book Vocabulary

as in: She assumed power Define
beginning to take power or responsibility
  • He had by degrees assumed such authority over his companions that he was almost like a commander on board; and as his orders were always clear, distinct, and easy of execution, his comrades obeyed him with celerity and pleasure.
  • Scarcely was the captain’s breath out of his body when he assumed the command without consulting any one,

  • There are no more uses of "assume" identified with this meaning, but check unspecified meaning below.

    Show samples from other sources
  • 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.

  • Go to more samples

as in: I assume it's true Define
to accept something as true without proof
  • It is only by comparing the pains of actual being with the joys of the assumed existence, that you would desire to live no longer, but to dream thus forever.
  • "Come, come," said Albert, "do not assume so much indifference."

  • There are no more uses of "assume" identified with this meaning, but check unspecified meaning below.

    Show samples from other sources
  • 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.

  • Go to more samples

as in: She assumed a false identity Define
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) -- often while pretending or disguising
  • No sooner had Villefort left the salon, than he assumed the grave air of a man who holds the balance of life and death in his hands.
  • "What is the meaning of all this?" inquired Caderousse, frowningly, of Danglars, who had assumed an air of utter surprise.

  • Show more
  • I think that the adventure is assuming a very agreeable appearance.
  • "Alas, my friends," replied M. Morrel, with a mournful shake of his head, "the thing has assumed a more serious aspect than I expected."
  • The oval face was lengthened, his smiling mouth had assumed the firm and marked lines which betoken resolution;
  • "And like the celebrated sailor whose name you have assumed," he said, by way of changing the conversation, "you pass your life in travelling?"
  • Whilst Albert proposed this scheme, Signor Pastrini’s face assumed an expression impossible to describe.
  • When Franz recovered his senses, he saw Albert drinking a glass of water, of which, to judge from his pallor, he stood in great need; and the count, who was assuming his masquerade costume.
  • "Is it possible?" asked the count, assuming all air and tone of the utmost simplicity and candor.
  • Then the three statues advanced towards him with looks of love, and approached the couch on which he was reposing, their feet hidden in their long white tunics, their throats bare, hair flowing like waves, and assuming attitudes which the gods could not resist, but which saints withstood,

  • Show more again
  • It would be noble to see Mademoiselle Noirtier de Villefort assuming the title of Madame Franz d’Epinay."
  • Assuming a dignified air, she turned round to Debray, without answering her husband.
  • The mourning in her heart forbade her assuming this simple ornament, though she had not yet had time to put on the outward semblance of woe.
  • "Will you be good enough to explain your meaning?" said the major, endeavoring as much as possible to assume an air of the greatest majesty.
  • "Madame," said Villefort, "you must lay aside these exalted ideas, which almost assume the appearance of madness."
  • "But," replied Franz, "this ambrosia, no doubt, in passing through mortal hands has lost its heavenly appellation and assumed a human name; in vulgar phrase, what may you term this composition, for which, to tell the truth, I do not feel any particular desire?"
  • But the count completely baffled the procureur, and prevented him from discovering anything beneath the never-varying smile he was so constantly in the habit of assuming.
  • Cucumetto was a cunning fiend, and had assumed the form of a brigand instead of a serpent, and this look from Teresa showed to him that she was a worthy daughter of Eve, and he returned to the forest, pausing several times on his way, under the pretext of saluting his protectors.
  • "It is not he," she murmured, and waited, in the assurance that this was but a dream, for the man to disappear or assume some other form.
  • Because to-morrow, Haidee, you will be free; you will then assume your proper position in society, for I will not allow my destiny to overshadow yours.
  • His naturally dark complexion had assumed a still further shade of brown from the habit the unfortunate man had acquired of stationing himself from morning till eve at the threshold of his door, on the lookout for guests who seldom came, yet there he stood, day after day, exposed to the meridional rays of a burning sun, with no other protection for his head than a red handkerchief twisted around it, after the manner of the Spanish muleteers.
  • "Ah, well," exclaimed Chateau-Renaud, who because he had seen his thirtieth summer fancied himself duly warranted in assuming a sort of paternal air with his more youthful friend, "you young people are never satisfied; why, what would you have more? your parents have chosen you a bride built on the model of Diana, the huntress, and yet you are not content."
  • The cut of his clothes would have made him pass for an elegant man, if those clothes had not been torn to shreds; still they did not show signs of wear, and the fine cloth, beneath the careful hands of the prisoner, soon recovered its gloss in the parts which were still perfect, for the wearer tried his best to make it assume the appearance of a new coat.
  • Madame de Morcerf had lived there since leaving her house; the continual silence of the spot oppressed her; still, seeing that Albert continually watched her countenance to judge the state of her feelings, she constrained herself to assume a monotonous smile of the lips alone, which, contrasted with the sweet and beaming expression that usually shone from her eyes, seemed like "moonlight on a statue,"—yielding light without warmth.
  • …after rigorously paying his bill, and reaching the forest, he would, under pretence of making studies in painting, test the hospitality of some peasants, procure himself the dress of a woodcutter and a hatchet, casting off the lion’s skin to assume that of the woodman; then, with his hands covered with dirt, his hair darkened by means of a leaden comb, his complexion embrowned with a preparation for which one of his old comrades had given him the recipe, he intended, by following the…

  • There are no more uses of "assume" identified with this meaning, but check unspecified meaning below.

    Show samples from other sources
  • She assumed the identify of her victim until the body was found.
  • She thinks the aliens can assume human form.

  • Go to more samples

unspecified meaning
  • Just assume the tone and manner of a husband, and see how she will remind you that your hour is not yet come!
  • I fully authorize you at once to assume the command of the Pharaon, and look carefully to the unloading of her freight.

  • Show more
  • He had assumed the entire costume of Cucumetto.
  • He assumed his costume, and fastened on the mask that scarcely equalled the pallor of his own face.
  • It is fair to assume that Dantes was on board a smuggler.
  • "Which are your windows?" asked he of the count, with as much indifference as he could assume.
  • Scarcely had they entered, when she motioned to Franz to assume the seat of honor.
  • The young girl was very pensive, but seeing Luigi so cheerful, she on her part assumed a smiling air, which was natural to her when she was not excited or in a passion.
  • Now, in spite of the nobility of his countenance, the command of which, like a finished actor, he had carefully studied before the glass, it was by no means easy for him to assume an air of judicial severity.
  • Poor Danglars looked so crest-fallen and discomfited that Monte Cristo assumed a pitying air towards him.

  • Show more again
  • The night gradually drew on, and the foliage in the garden assumed a deeper hue.
  • Yes, we do; you see them whenever God pleases to allow them to assume a material form.
  • "Allow me to observe, madame," said the count, with that kind tone he could assume so well, "you are really very severe with that dear clever child."
  • Monte Cristo on the contrary, preserved a graceful suavity of demeanor, aided by a certain degree of simplicity he could assume at pleasure, and thus possessed the advantage.
  • Just ask yourself, my good fellow, whether there are not many persons of our acquaintance who assume the names of lands and properties they never in their lives were masters of?
  • They put the stone back in its place; the abbe sprinkled a little dust over it to conceal the traces of its having been removed, rubbed his foot well on it to make it assume the same appearance as the other, and then, going towards his bed, he removed it from the spot it stood in.
  • " ’I swear, captain,’ replied I. " ’Well, as after my death the command devolves on you as mate, assume the command, and bear up for the Island of Elba, disembark at Porto-Ferrajo, ask for the grand-marshal, give him this letter—perhaps they will give you another letter, and charge you with a commission.
  • At the second turn, a bunch of fresh violets, thrown from a carriage filled with harlequins, indicated to Albert that, like himself and his friend, the peasants had changed their costume, also; and whether it was the result of chance, or whether a similar feeling had possessed them both, while he had changed his costume they had assumed his.
  • At the first sight of his old friend, Danglars assumed his majestic air, and settled himself in his easy-chair.
  • Danglars was a coward, but did not wish to appear so; he was piqued at the tone which Morcerf had just assumed.
  • To the world and to his servants Danglars assumed the character of the good-natured man and the indulgent father.
  • Andrea assumed his gayest manner.
  • Some days after this meeting, Albert de Morcerf visited the Count of Monte Cristo at his house in the Champs Elysees, which had already assumed that palace-like appearance which the count’s princely fortune enabled him to give even to his most temporary residences.
  • He had spent every farthing that had been allowed for his journey as a reward for the majestic and solemn manner in which he had maintained his assumed character of father.
  • Behind the women came a guard of twenty men armed with long guns and pistols, and dressed in the costume which the Greeks have assumed since they have again become a nation.
  • He then took the great-coat with the large collar, which the groom had left behind in the tilbury, and put it on his back; then he took off Cavalcanti’s hat, which he placed upon his own head, and finally he assumed the careless attitude of a servant whose master drives himself.
  • To wait at Monte Cristo for the purpose of watching like a dragon over the almost incalculable riches that had thus fallen into his possession satisfied not the cravings of his heart, which yearned to return to dwell among mankind, and to assume the rank, power, and influence which are always accorded to wealth—that first and greatest of all the forces within the grasp of man.
  • But this was not the time for recrimination, so he assumed his most agreeable manner and said with a gracious smile,—"Excuse me, sir, but are they not going to give me any dinner?"
  • While the waiter was preparing his room, the hostess arose; Andrea assumed his most charming smile, and asked if he could have No. 3, which he had occupied on his last stay at Compiegne.
  • A learned man, before whom the last circumstance was mentioned as a fact, declared he had seen the quarries in question, which gave great weight to assertions hitherto somewhat doubtful, but which now assumed the garb of reality.
  • Thus the count was halfway turned towards his visitor, having his back towards the window, his elbow resting on the geographical chart which furnished the theme of conversation for the moment,—a conversation which assumed, as in the case of the interviews with Danglars and Morcerf, a turn analogous to the persons, if not to the situation.
  • The very name assumed by his host of Monte Cristo and again repeated by the landlord of the Hotel de Londres, abundantly proved to him that his island friend was playing his philanthropic part on the shores of Piombino, Civita-Vecchio, Ostia, and Gaeta, as on those of Corsica, Tuscany, and Spain; and further, Franz bethought him of having heard his singular entertainer speak both of Tunis and Palermo, proving thereby how largely his circle of acquaintances extended.
  • Ah, you call yourself Oriental, a Levantine, Maltese, Indian, Chinese; your family name is Monte Cristo; Sinbad the Sailor is your baptismal appellation, and yet the first day you set foot in Paris you instinctively display the greatest virtue, or rather the chief defect, of us eccentric Parisians,—that is, you assume the vices you have not, and conceal the virtues you possess.
  • But," said Caderousse, again smiling with the disagreeable expression he had before assumed, "you must pay for it—you understand?"
  • "Maximilian," said the count, "let us both lay aside the mask we have assumed.
  • "Sir," said Villefort, in the squeaky tone assumed by magistrates in their oratorical periods, and of which they cannot, or will not, divest themselves in society, "sir, the signal service which you yesterday rendered to my wife and son has made it a duty for me to offer you my thanks.

  • There are no more uses of "assume" in the book.


To see samples from other sources, click a word sense below:
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
Show Multiple Meanings
Go to Book Vocabulary
verbalworkout.com . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading