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assume
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The Fountainhead
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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
  • His face had assumed the expression it was to wear for the rest of his life: not quite a smile, but a motionless look of irony directed at the whole world.
  • Francon’s face assumed a look of consternation.

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  • It was not a command; she spoke as if it were not necessary for her voice to assume the tones of commanding.
  • He said, petulantly, assuming the tone of an authority he could never have exercised: "That boy of yours, Guy, that Keating fellow, he’s getting to be impossible."
  • In the hours that followed, his daily work assumed a new relish.
  • This was not the manner he had intended to assume.
  • It was a disconcerting peculiarity which his face assumed at times; it gave the effect of a double exposure, an ominous emphasis.
  • The Banner assumed the appearance of a circus poster in body, of a circus performance in soul.
  • His hours away from the office had assumed the style of the Banner’s front page—but a style raised to a grand plane, as if he were still playing circus, only to a gallery of kings.
  • His staff, he thought, was well trained: if this was the popular slang of the day, his boys assumed it automatically.

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  • But Wynand let him finish, then assumed the appearance of listening, as if the sounds were reaching him, delayed.
  • He sat looking at the keys, holding his chin between two fingers, in the pose he knew he assumed when preparing to attack a paragraph.
  • He realized that he had to assume a different manner, his usual manner, that he could not speak as he had spoken in the last half-hour.

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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
  • My dear Peter, people go by so many erroneous assumptions.
  • The honest error is the assumption that I wish to help Petey Keating—and, incidentally, I can help him much better than you can, and I have and will, but that’s long-range contemplation.

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  • Why was it assumed that poverty gave one the instincts of cattle?
  • "The title of this venture would be most appropriate," Ellsworth Toohey had written, "if we assumed that the centuries had passed by on horseback."
  • What made you assume that the selection of an architect for Cortlandt Homes was up to me?

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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
  • Keating assumed leadership over the council.
  • Her son, Mrs. Keating had decided, would assume his rightful place in the world, and she had clung to this as softly, as inexorably as a leech….

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  • But sometimes I get to feel that it’s my responsibility after all, though God knows I don’t want it, but still there it is, I should do something about it, there’s no one else to assume it.
  • She had a meager little income and she assumed the responsibility of taking her brother to her home in New Jersey; she had never been married and had no one else in the world; she was neither glad nor sorry of the burden; she had lost all capacity for emotion many years ago.
  • The form was mutilated by two second-handers who assumed the right to improve upon that which they had not made and could not equal.

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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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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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