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assume
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1  —as in:
I assume it's true
Definition to accept something as true without proof
  • I assume she was at school today, but I don't remember actually seeing her.
assume = accept as true (without really knowing for sure)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Let's assume that 80% of the people who said they will come to the party will actually show up.
  • assume = accept as true (without really knowing for sure)
  • I think that is a safe assumption.
  • assumption = something accepted as true (without proof)
  • I remember to spell it with this phrase:  Whenever you assume, you make an ass of u and me.
  • assume = accept as true (without proof)
  • There's an old SEAL motto: Never assume a frogman's dead unless you find his body.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • assume = accept as true without proof
  • 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
  • assume = accept as true
  • The reporter warned those watching that they should be assumed to be "armed and very dangerous."
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • assumed = accepted as true (without proof)
  • 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
  • assumed = accepted as true (without proof)
  • My dear Peter, people go by so many erroneous assumptions.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • assumptions = things accepted as true without proof
  • 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
assume = accept as true

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2  —as in:
She assumed power
Definition beginning to take power or responsibility
  • The dictator assumed control of the country at midnight this morning.
assumed = took (power)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • When she adopted the baby boy, she assumed responsibility for taking care of him.
  • assumed = took (responsibility)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • With their superior knowledge it was natural that they should assume the leadership.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • assume = take on (as a responsibility)
  • 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
  • assumed = took on (power or responsibility)
  • Keating assumed leadership over the council.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • assumed = took (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.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
assumed = taken on (power)

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3  —as in:
She assumed a false identity
Definition to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) — often while pretending or disguising
  • She assumed the identify of her victim until the body was found.
assumed = took on (or adopted)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She thinks the aliens can assume human form.
  • assume = take on (an appearance)
  • The god, Krishna, is said to have assumed human form.
  • She assumed a look of disinterested amusement.
  • She assumed a dancer's pose.
  • 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
  • assume = take on or adopt
  • I ain't saying assume the fetal position and let them put their cocked revolvers upside your head.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • assume = take or adopt
  • 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
  • assumed = adopted (of the part he was playing)
  • And we all struggled down to the concrete and assumed a position for push-ups, arms extended, bodies outstretched, rigid.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • assumed = took on (a body position)
  • But dinginess is a quality which assumes all manner of disguises;
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
assumes = takes on

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4  —as in:
assumed into heaven
Definition to take up or receive someone into heaven
  • My church celebrates The Assumption of Mary on August 15th.
assumption = the act of taking someone up into heaven
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Some members of my church are getting together for dinner for the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.
  • assumption = the act of taking someone up into heaven
  • The Emperor entered the Cathedral of the Assumption.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • assumption = to take up or receive someone into heaven
  • On Sunday morning Marya Dmitrievna invited her visitors to Mass at her parish church—the Church of the Assumption built over the graves of victims of the plague.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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