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assume -- as in: She assumed power
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as in: She assumed power Define
beginning to take power or responsibility
  • 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.
  • She is now of an age when she should assume the responsibilities of adulthood.
  • The rebels assumed power after assassinating the president and arresting all members of congress.

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  • Is the balance of the loan assumable by someone else if they buy the home before the loan is paid in full?
  • I look forward to the assumption of the privileges and responsibilities of adulthood.
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • With their superior knowledge it was natural that they should assume the leadership.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • 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.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ...Pietro Barbi, the Venetian, known as Paul the Second, who sought in his vanity to assume the title of Formosus, and whose tiara, valued at two hundred thousand florins, was bought at the price of a terrible sin;
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray

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  • Keating assumed leadership over the council.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • To neglect her, perhaps even to avoid her, at a time when she had most need of her friends, and then suddenly and unwarrantably to break into her life with this strange assumption of authority, was to rouse in her every instinct of pride and self-defence.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • She passed through the maze to assume the throne and to make the most of what she innately possessed, but her strength could only carry her so far.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Dad thought that was a bit premature, but there were a lot of people to feed, and he assumed, a loose command of the cooking.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Now the official class leaders and politicians could be seen taking charge, assuming as a matter of course their control of these walks and fields which had belonged only to us.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Scarcely was the captain’s breath out of his body when he assumed the command without consulting any one,
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • 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….
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • But he still assumes a loose command whenever we’re together.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • 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.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Mrs. Peniston was Mr. Bart’s widowed sister, and if she was by no means the richest of the family group, its other members nevertheless abounded in reasons why she was clearly destined by Providence to assume the charge of Lily.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • 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.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • If you really owe your dress-maker, I will settle with her—beyond that I recognize no obligation to assume your debts.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • ...showed Lily that she was in disfavour with that portion of society which, while contributing least to its amusement, has assumed the right to decide what forms that amusement shall take.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • If Genevieve should never have assumed the throne in the first place, then how could the daughter be queen?
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • It was here, in the secret heart of the fortress, girded about by supports, that the Heart Crystal burned a dark crimson, as it had since Redd’s assumption to power.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • 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.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
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To see samples using other meanings of assume, 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
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