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assume
as in:  I assume it’s true


I assume she was at school today, but I don’t remember actually seeing her.
  to accept something as true without proof
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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.
  • I think that is a safe assumption.
  • I remember to spell it with this phrase:  Whenever you assume, you make an ass of u and me.

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  • As to this case, if you will have scratches, we say that, for anything we know, you may have accounted for them, assuming for the sake of argument that you have not invented them?
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The animals had assumed as a matter of course that these would be shared out equally; one day, however, the order went forth that all the windfalls were to be collected and brought to the harness-room for the use of the pigs.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The supercilious assumption was that on Sunday afternoon I had nothing better to do.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • When Halloween came, I assumed that the whole family would be present to watch me perform, but I was disappointed.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • …it was a kind of religious order like those of Santiago and Calatrava in the present day, in which it is assumed that those who take it are valiant knights of distinction and good birth;
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote

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  • At the basis of the works of all the modern historians from Gibbon to Buckle, despite their seeming disagreements and the apparent novelty of their outlooks, lie those two old, unavoidable assumptions. [(1) nations guided by individual men, and (2) the existence of a known aim]
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • 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.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Unfortunately it [Himmelstoss’s system to prevent bed-wetting] accomplished nothing because the first assumption was wrong: it was not laziness in either of them.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • My dear Peter, people go by so many erroneous assumptions.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I assume that you are familiar with ’The Tale of the Three Brothers’?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It is less mortifying to believe one’s self unpopular than insignificant, and vanity prefers to assume that indifference is a latent form of unfriendliness.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • He assumed Clyde believed likewise.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • If you return without it, I will assume that Alyss is alive and you have failed, and that will be the end of you.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • I always assumed the shopkeepers live a soft life.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • There’s an old SEAL motto: Never assume a frogman’s dead unless you find his body.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It is the moment when his emotions achieve their most powerful sway over him, and afterward when you say to this person "the world today" or "life" or "reality" he will assume that you mean this moment, even if it is fifty years past.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • This morning I purposely overstuffed my game bag with food, knowing my mother would see the depleted pantry and assume I was making my rounds to the hungry.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "So they don’t know I’m here?" I assumed, as usual, it was my presence that brought on punishment.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • The reporter warned those watching that they should be assumed to be "armed and very dangerous."
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • I tried to imagine putting up with Dionysus until I was an old man, assuming I lived that long.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Well, you assumed wrong.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Sometimes people assume he’s been burned in a fire: his features look like they’ve been melted, like the drippings on the side of a candle.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Assuming I survive our hunt for the Horcruxes, I’ll find Mum and Dad and lift the enchantment.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Some, indeed, were disposed to praise his father’s action and assumed that Albus too was a Muggle-hater.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • All her plans for the day had been built on the assumption that it was to see her that Selden had come to Bellomont.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Although Burres was concerned about McCandless, she assumed he’d come through in one piece.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Then Cinna enters with what I assume is my dress, but I can’t really see it because it’s covered.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The BUD/S instructors would assume we could accomplish everything from Indoc with ease.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • I’m sure plenty of people assumed that we’d eventually get married even if I never gave it any thought.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Since he doesn’t know that President Snow thinks I have failed, he can only assume that I think we have succeeded.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Neither does one other I assume was hit by gunfire.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Al stands next to me, but I’m too focused on the new fight to look at him, or congratulate him on winning, assuming that’s what he wants.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • I assume you don’t need a tour of the place.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • You could not invariably assume this to be the case when people were arrested.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Mrs. Trenor evidently assumed that Lily’s growing intimacy with her husband was simply an indirect way of returning her own kindness.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Like I assume he couldn’t help loving me but that I don’t feel anything in return.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • 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.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Mr. Radley walked to town at eleven-thirty every morning and came back promptly at twelve, sometimes carrying a brown paper bag that the neighborhood assumed contained the family groceries.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Harry could only assume that Sirius’s parents had been unable to remove the Permanent Sticking Charm that kept them on the wall because he was sure they would not have appreciated their eldest son’s taste in decoration.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I could see nothing in Mayella’s expression to justify Atticus’s assumption that he had secured her wholehearted cooperation.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • And unlike McCunn, he didn’t go into the bush assuming someone would automatically appear to save his bacon before he came to grief.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • "It would be just like Carl to assume that somebody would magically appear to save him," says Stoppel.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • One might have assumed that all her thoughts were on the momentous occasion at hand, which was certainly what Prince Leopold believed.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
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