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assume
used in The Picture of Dorian Gray - 20 chapter version

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
She assumed power
Definition
beginning to take power or responsibility
  • ...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;
    Chapter 11 (94% in)
assume = take (power or responsibility)
There are no more uses of "assume" flagged with this meaning in The Picture of Dorian Gray - 20 chapter version.

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2  —2 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
  • 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.
    Chapter 11 (8% in)
assumed = false (taken on or adopted)
  • But now and then a complex personality took the place and assumed the office of art; was indeed, in its way, a real work of art, Life having its elaborate masterpieces, just as poetry has, or sculpture, or painting.
    Chapter 4 (88% in)

There are no more uses of "assume" flagged with this meaning in The Picture of Dorian Gray - 20 chapter version.

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