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assume
used in The Count of Monte Cristo

3 meanings, 65 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
I assume it's true
Definition
to accept something as true without proof
  • 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.
    Chapters 31-32 (67% in)
assumed = accepted as true (without proof)
  • "Come, come," said Albert, "do not assume so much indifference."
    Chapters 67-68 (69% in)

There are no more uses of "assume" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

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2  —2 uses as in:
She assumed power
Definition
beginning to take 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.
    Chapters 23-24 (5% in)
assumed = taken on (power)
  • Scarcely was the captain's breath out of his body when he assumed the command without consulting any one,
    Chapters 1-2 (20% in)

There are no more uses of "assume" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

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3  —25 uses as in:
She assumed a false identity
Definition
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) — often while pretending or disguising
  • 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.
    Chapters 7-8 (0% in)
assumed = took on (an appearance)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • "What is the meaning of all this?" inquired Caderousse, frowningly, of Danglars, who had assumed an air of utter surprise.
    Chapters 5-6 (31% in)
  • "Alas, my friends," replied M. Morrel, with a mournful shake of his head, "the thing has assumed a more serious aspect than I expected."
    Chapters 5-6 (42% in)
  • The oval face was lengthened, his smiling mouth had assumed the firm and marked lines which betoken resolution;
    Chapters 22-23 (67% in)
  • His naturally dark complexion had assumed a still further shade of brown from the habit the unfortunate man had acquired of stationing himself from morning till eve at the threshold of his door, on the lookout for guests who seldom came, yet there he stood, day after day, exposed to the meridional rays of a burning sun, with no other protection for his head than a red handkerchief twisted around it, after the manner of the Spanish muleteers.
    Chapters 25-26 (42% in)
  • "And like the celebrated sailor whose name you have assumed," he said, by way of changing the conversation, "you pass your life in travelling?"
    Chapters 31-32 (55% in)
  • "But," replied Franz, "this ambrosia, no doubt, in passing through mortal hands has lost its heavenly appellation and assumed a human name; in vulgar phrase, what may you term this composition, for which, to tell the truth, I do not feel any particular desire?"
    Chapters 31-32 (61% in)
  • Then the three statues advanced towards him with looks of love, and approached the couch on which he was reposing, their feet hidden in their long white tunics, their throats bare, hair flowing like waves, and assuming attitudes which the gods could not resist, but which saints withstood,
    Chapters 31-32 (78% in)
  • Whilst Albert proposed this scheme, Signor Pastrini's face assumed an expression impossible to describe.
    Chapters 33-34 (8% in)
  • Cucumetto was a cunning fiend, and had assumed the form of a brigand instead of a serpent, and this look from Teresa showed to him that she was a worthy daughter of Eve, and he returned to the forest, pausing several times on his way, under the pretext of saluting his protectors.
    Chapters 33-34 (31% in)
  • When Franz recovered his senses, he saw Albert drinking a glass of water, of which, to judge from his pallor, he stood in great need; and the count, who was assuming his masquerade costume.
    Chapters 35-36 (45% in)
  • I think that the adventure is assuming a very agreeable appearance.
    Chapters 35-36 (82% in)
  • "Is it possible?" asked the count, assuming all air and tone of the utmost simplicity and candor.
    Chapters 45-46 (82% in)
  • "Ah, well," exclaimed Chateau-Renaud, who because he had seen his thirtieth summer fancied himself duly warranted in assuming a sort of paternal air with his more youthful friend, "you young people are never satisfied; why, what would you have more? your parents have chosen you a bride built on the model of Diana, the huntress, and yet you are not content."
    Chapters 53-54 (12% in)
  • "Will you be good enough to explain your meaning?" said the major, endeavoring as much as possible to assume an air of the greatest majesty.
    Chapters 55-56 (81% in)
  • It would be noble to see Mademoiselle Noirtier de Villefort assuming the title of Madame Franz d'Epinay."
    Chapters 59-60 (70% in)
  • But the count completely baffled the procureur, and prevented him from discovering anything beneath the never-varying smile he was so constantly in the habit of assuming.
    Chapters 59-60 (71% in)
  • Assuming a dignified air, she turned round to Debray, without answering her husband.
    Chapters 65-66 (13% in)
  • "Madame," said Villefort, "you must lay aside these exalted ideas, which almost assume the appearance of madness."
    Chapters 71-72 (74% in)
  • The mourning in her heart forbade her assuming this simple ornament, though she had not yet had time to put on the outward semblance of woe.
    Chapters 71-72 (99% in)
  • ...after rigorously paying his bill, and reaching the forest, he would, under pretence of making studies in painting, test the hospitality of some peasants, procure himself the dress of a woodcutter and a hatchet, casting off the lion's skin to assume that of the woodman; then, with his hands covered with dirt, his hair darkened by means of a leaden comb, his complexion embrowned with a preparation for which one of his old comrades had given him the recipe, he intended, by following the...
    Chapters 97-98 (61% in)
  • "It is not he," she murmured, and waited, in the assurance that this was but a dream, for the man to disappear or assume some other form.
    Chapters 99-100 (73% in)
  • Madame de Morcerf had lived there since leaving her house; the continual silence of the spot oppressed her; still, seeing that Albert continually watched her countenance to judge the state of her feelings, she constrained herself to assume a monotonous smile of the lips alone, which, contrasted with the sweet and beaming expression that usually shone from her eyes, seemed like "moonlight on a statue,"—yielding light without warmth.
    Chapters 105-106 (76% in)
  • The cut of his clothes would have made him pass for an elegant man, if those clothes had not been torn to shreds; still they did not show signs of wear, and the fine cloth, beneath the careful hands of the prisoner, soon recovered its gloss in the parts which were still perfect, for the wearer tried his best to make it assume the appearance of a new coat.
    Chapters 107-108 (7% in)
  • Because to-morrow, Haidee, you will be free; you will then assume your proper position in society, for I will not allow my destiny to overshadow yours.
    Chapter 117 (74% in)

There are no more uses of "assume" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

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  • To the world and to his servants Danglars assumed the character of the good-natured man and the indulgent father.
    Chapters 95-96 (4% in)
  • Just assume the tone and manner of a husband, and see how she will remind you that your hour is not yet come!
    Chapters 5-6 (15% in)
  • I fully authorize you at once to assume the command of the Pharaon, and look carefully to the unloading of her freight.
    Chapters 5-6 (51% in)
  • Now, in spite of the nobility of his countenance, the command of which, like a finished actor, he had carefully studied before the glass, it was by no means easy for him to assume an air of judicial severity.
    Chapters 7-8 (1% in)
  • " 'I swear, captain,' replied I. " 'Well, as after my death the command devolves on you as mate, assume the command, and bear up for the Island of Elba, disembark at Porto-Ferrajo, ask for the grand-marshal, give him this letter—perhaps they will give you another letter, and charge you with a commission.
    Chapters 7-8 (33% in)
  • They put the stone back in its place; the abbe sprinkled a little dust over it to conceal the traces of its having been removed, rubbed his foot well on it to make it assume the same appearance as the other, and then, going towards his bed, he removed it from the spot it stood in.
    Chapters 17-18 (8% in)
  • It is fair to assume that Dantes was on board a smuggler.
    Chapters 22-23 (58% in)
  • To wait at Monte Cristo for the purpose of watching like a dragon over the almost incalculable riches that had thus fallen into his possession satisfied not the cravings of his heart, which yearned to return to dwell among mankind, and to assume the rank, power, and influence which are always accorded to wealth—that first and greatest of all the forces within the grasp of man.
    Chapters 25-26 (3% in)
  • The young girl was very pensive, but seeing Luigi so cheerful, she on her part assumed a smiling air, which was natural to her when she was not excited or in a passion.
    Chapters 33-34 (38% in)
  • He had assumed the entire costume of Cucumetto.
    Chapters 33-34 (45% in)
  • The very name assumed by his host of Monte Cristo and again repeated by the landlord of the Hotel de Londres, abundantly proved to him that his island friend was playing his philanthropic part on the shores of Piombino, Civita-Vecchio, Ostia, and Gaeta, as on those of Corsica, Tuscany, and Spain; and further, Franz bethought him of having heard his singular entertainer speak both of Tunis and Palermo, proving thereby how largely his circle of acquaintances extended.
    Chapters 33-34 (51% in)
  • "Which are your windows?" asked he of the count, with as much indifference as he could assume.
    Chapters 35-36 (27% in)
  • He assumed his costume, and fastened on the mask that scarcely equalled the pallor of his own face.
    Chapters 35-36 (48% in)
  • Scarcely had they entered, when she motioned to Franz to assume the seat of honor.
    Chapters 35-36 (65% in)
  • At the second turn, a bunch of fresh violets, thrown from a carriage filled with harlequins, indicated to Albert that, like himself and his friend, the peasants had changed their costume, also; and whether it was the result of chance, or whether a similar feeling had possessed them both, while he had changed his costume they had assumed his.
    Chapters 35-36 (76% in)
  • Just ask yourself, my good fellow, whether there are not many persons of our acquaintance who assume the names of lands and properties they never in their lives were masters of?
    Chapters 37-38 (91% in)
  • Ah, you call yourself Oriental, a Levantine, Maltese, Indian, Chinese; your family name is Monte Cristo; Sinbad the Sailor is your baptismal appellation, and yet the first day you set foot in Paris you instinctively display the greatest virtue, or rather the chief defect, of us eccentric Parisians,—that is, you assume the vices you have not, and conceal the virtues you possess.
    Chapters 39-40 (79% in)
  • Monte Cristo on the contrary, preserved a graceful suavity of demeanor, aided by a certain degree of simplicity he could assume at pleasure, and thus possessed the advantage.
    Chapters 45-46 (85% in)
  • Poor Danglars looked so crest-fallen and discomfited that Monte Cristo assumed a pitying air towards him.
    Chapters 47-48 (18% in)
  • "Sir," said Villefort, in the squeaky tone assumed by magistrates in their oratorical periods, and of which they cannot, or will not, divest themselves in society, "sir, the signal service which you yesterday rendered to my wife and son has made it a duty for me to offer you my thanks.
    Chapters 47-48 (63% in)
  • Thus the count was halfway turned towards his visitor, having his back towards the window, his elbow resting on the geographical chart which furnished the theme of conversation for the moment,—a conversation which assumed, as in the case of the interviews with Danglars and Morcerf, a turn analogous to the persons, if not to the situation.
    Chapters 47-48 (68% in)
  • Yes, we do; you see them whenever God pleases to allow them to assume a material form.
    Chapters 47-48 (80% in)
  • "Allow me to observe, madame," said the count, with that kind tone he could assume so well, "you are really very severe with that dear clever child."
    Chapters 51-52 (61% in)
  • Some days after this meeting, Albert de Morcerf visited the Count of Monte Cristo at his house in the Champs Elysees, which had already assumed that palace-like appearance which the count's princely fortune enabled him to give even to his most temporary residences.
    Chapters 53-54 (61% in)
  • But," said Caderousse, again smiling with the disagreeable expression he had before assumed, "you must pay for it—you understand?"
    Chapters 63-64 (86% in)
  • He then took the great-coat with the large collar, which the groom had left behind in the tilbury, and put it on his back; then he took off Cavalcanti's hat, which he placed upon his own head, and finally he assumed the careless attitude of a servant whose master drives himself.
    Chapters 63-64 (98% in)
  • The night gradually drew on, and the foliage in the garden assumed a deeper hue.
    Chapters 73-74 (30% in)
  • He had spent every farthing that had been allowed for his journey as a reward for the majestic and solemn manner in which he had maintained his assumed character of father.
    Chapters 75-76 (53% in)
  • A learned man, before whom the last circumstance was mentioned as a fact, declared he had seen the quarries in question, which gave great weight to assertions hitherto somewhat doubtful, but which now assumed the garb of reality.
    Chapters 75-76 (56% in)
  • Behind the women came a guard of twenty men armed with long guns and pistols, and dressed in the costume which the Greeks have assumed since they have again become a nation.
    Chapters 77-78 (25% in)
  • At the first sight of his old friend, Danglars assumed his majestic air, and settled himself in his easy-chair.
    Chapters 77-78 (64% in)
  • Danglars was a coward, but did not wish to appear so; he was piqued at the tone which Morcerf had just assumed.
    Chapters 77-78 (68% in)
  • Andrea assumed his gayest manner.
    Chapters 95-96 (51% in)
  • While the waiter was preparing his room, the hostess arose; Andrea assumed his most charming smile, and asked if he could have No. 3, which he had occupied on his last stay at Compiegne.
    Chapters 97-98 (57% in)
  • "Maximilian," said the count, "let us both lay aside the mask we have assumed.
    Chapters 105-106 (19% in)
  • But this was not the time for recrimination, so he assumed his most agreeable manner and said with a gracious smile,—"Excuse me, sir, but are they not going to give me any dinner?"
    Chapters 115-116 (26% in)

There are no more uses of "assume" in The Count of Monte Cristo.

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