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assume
as in:  She assumed a false identity


She assumed the identify of her victim until the body was found.
  to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) — often while pretending or disguising
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  • She assumed the identify of her victim until the body was found.
  • She thinks the aliens can assume human form.
  • The god, Krishna, is said to have assumed human form.
  • She assumed a look of disinterested amusement.

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  • She assumed a dancer’s pose.
  • Her final employment was to gather seaweed of various kinds, and make herself a scarf or mantle, and a head-dress, and thus assume the aspect of a little mermaid.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • You assumed some name, I suppose, on board ship?
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It struck him that the man’s whole life was playing a part, and that he felt it to be dangerous to drop his assumed personality even for a moment.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • My own face had now assumed a deep tropical burn.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Mrs. Merriweather was one of those childless adults who find it necessary to assume a different tone of voice when speaking to children.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • There is no vice so simple but assumes
    Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • For her I left my father’s house, and for her I assumed this disguise, to follow her whithersoever she may go, as the arrow seeks its mark or the sailor the pole-star.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • As with everyone, her face assumed a forced unnatural expression as soon as she looked in a glass.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • 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.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • There were moments, indeed, at night, when, lying sleepless in his own delicately-scented chamber, or in the sordid room of the little ill-famed tavern near the Docks, which, under an assumed name, and in disguise, it was his habit to frequent, he would think of the ruin he had brought upon his soul, with a pity that was all the more poignant because it was purely selfish.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • 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.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Mr. Weasley gave a maniacal laugh; Mrs. Weasley threw him a look, upon which he became immediately silent and assumed an expression appropriate to the sickbed of a close friend.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • But dinginess is a quality which assumes all manner of disguises;
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Ruess’s apparent fascination with Captain Nemo has fed speculation among more than a few Ruess mythographers that Everett pulled a fast one on the world after leaving Davis Gulch and is, or was, very much alive, quietly residing somewhere under an assumed identity.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I ain’t saying assume the fetal position and let them put their cocked revolvers upside your head.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • I try to capture the calm demeanor my mother assumes when handling particularly bad cases.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • And we all struggled down to the concrete and assumed a position for push-ups, arms extended, bodies outstretched, rigid.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He had a particular expression which his face assumed when he understood but didn’t think he should show it, a settled, enlightened look; its appearance now was the first decent thing I had seen in a long time.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • After a few weeks, things finally died down. The camera crews and reporters packed up and went home. Peeta and I assumed the cool relationship we’ve had ever since.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Finnick finally gives up and assumes the hunched position he took in the arena when the jabberjays attacked.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • "Ma, isn’t it crazy that you just had a baby, and we just had a baby, and there is someone else at the table pregnant—" Tony cut himself off and assumed a surprised expression, as if he couldn’t believe he’d let the news slip out.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • When a god assumes his true form, the power is so great that any mortal looking on him will disintegrate.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Mom took his temperature, brought him some hot tea, and assumed the "August’s mom" role again.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Don Quixote said in reply that she would do him a favour if thenceforward she assumed the "Don" and called herself Dona Tolosa.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "I must assume my true godly form," Poseidon said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • I looked as grateful as any boy possibly could, who was wholly uninformed why he ought to assume that expression.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • "Come here a bit," said she, assuming a soft high tone of voice.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "What is the meaning of all this?" inquired Caderousse, frowningly, of Danglars, who had assumed an air of utter surprise.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Francon’s face assumed a look of consternation.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It was not a command; she spoke as if it were not necessary for her voice to assume the tones of commanding.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • We were the ones with assumed names.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • 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."
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • This rag of scarlet cloth—for time, and wear, and a sacrilegious moth had reduced it to little other than a rag—on careful examination, assumed the shape of a letter.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The sight restored Lily’s good humour, and knowing the peculiar disguise which Mr. Dorset’s marital fears assumed, she asked gaily: "Aren’t you horribly jealous of her?"
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I think that the adventure is assuming a very agreeable appearance.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Alas, my friends," replied M. Morrel, with a mournful shake of his head, "the thing has assumed a more serious aspect than I expected."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In the hours that followed, his daily work assumed a new relish.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Lily had no mind for the vagabond life of the poor relation, and to adapt herself to Mrs. Peniston she had, to some degree, to assume that lady’s passive attitude.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • For a moment, with the fear of my sister’s working me before my eyes, I had a desperate idea of starting round the room in the assumed character of Mr. Pumblechook’s chaise-cart.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • And also because my brother Matt—it was Matt’s endless premise, his song of songs, that our old man Jimmy was living somewhere in southern California under the usual assumed name.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • This was not the manner he had intended to assume.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Assuming quite the pose of a society woman (heaven knows when and where she had learned it) she talked with her partner, fanning herself and smiling over the fan.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "However, if you command it, Your Majesty," said Kutuzov, lifting his head and again assuming his former tone of a dull, unreasoning, but submissive general.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The oval face was lengthened, his smiling mouth had assumed the firm and marked lines which betoken resolution;
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "And like the celebrated sailor whose name you have assumed," he said, by way of changing the conversation, "you pass your life in travelling?"
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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