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assume
used in The Fountainhead

3 meanings, 23 uses
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1  —5 uses as in:
I assume it's true
Definition
to accept something as true without proof
  • My dear Peter, people go by so many erroneous assumptions.
    4.7 — Part 4 Chapter 7 (56% in)
assumptions = things accepted as true without proof

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The honest error is the assumption that I wish to help Petey Keating—and, incidentally, I can help him much better than you can, and I have and will, but that's long-range contemplation.
    2.8 — Part 2 Chapter 8 (19% in)
  • Why was it assumed that poverty gave one the instincts of cattle?
    4.1 — Part 4 Chapter 1 (32% in)
  • "The title of this venture would be most appropriate," Ellsworth Toohey had written, "if we assumed that the centuries had passed by on horseback."
    4.7 — Part 4 Chapter 7 (5% in)
  • What made you assume that the selection of an architect for Cortlandt Homes was up to me?
    4.7 — Part 4 Chapter 7 (82% in)

There are no more uses of "assume" flagged with this meaning in The Fountainhead.

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2  —5 uses as in:
She assumed power
Definition
beginning to take power or responsibility
  • Keating assumed leadership over the council.
    4.1 — Part 4 Chapter 1 (95% in)
assumed = took (power or responsibility)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her son, Mrs. Keating had decided, would assume his rightful place in the world, and she had clung to this as softly, as inexorably as a leech....
    1.2 — Part 1 Chapter 2 (45% in)
  • She had a meager little income and she assumed the responsibility of taking her brother to her home in New Jersey; she had never been married and had no one else in the world; she was neither glad nor sorry of the burden; she had lost all capacity for emotion many years ago.
    1.6 — Part 1 Chapter 6 (31% in)
  • But sometimes I get to feel that it's my responsibility after all, though God knows I don't want it, but still there it is, I should do something about it, there's no one else to assume it.
    1.10 — Part 1 Chapter 10 (62% in)
  • The form was mutilated by two second-handers who assumed the right to improve upon that which they had not made and could not equal.
    4.18 — Part 4 Chapter 18 (82% in)

There are no more uses of "assume" flagged with this meaning in The Fountainhead.

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3  —13 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
  • 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.
    3.1 — Part 3 Chapter 1 (61% in)
assumed = taken on or adopted
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It was not a command; she spoke as if it were not necessary for her voice to assume the tones of commanding.
    1.9 — Part 1 Chapter 9 (85% in)
  • Francon's face assumed a look of consternation.
    1.12 — Part 1 Chapter 12 (43% in)
  • 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."
    1.14 — Part 1 Chapter 14 (6% in)
  • This was not the manner he had intended to assume.
    1.15 — Part 1 Chapter 15 (52% in)
  • In the hours that followed, his daily work assumed a new relish.
    2.3 — Part 2 Chapter 3 (31% in)
  • It was a disconcerting peculiarity which his face assumed at times; it gave the effect of a double exposure, an ominous emphasis.
    3.1 — Part 3 Chapter 1 (20% in)
  • The Banner assumed the appearance of a circus poster in body, of a circus performance in soul.
    3.1 — Part 3 Chapter 1 (64% in)
  • His hours away from the office had assumed the style of the Banner's front page—but a style raised to a grand plane, as if he were still playing circus, only to a gallery of kings.
    3.1 — Part 3 Chapter 1 (79% in)
  • He realized that he had to assume a different manner, his usual manner, that he could not speak as he had spoken in the last half-hour.
    4.2 — Part 4 Chapter 2 (61% in)
  • His staff, he thought, was well trained: if this was the popular slang of the day, his boys assumed it automatically.
    4.9 — Part 4 Chapter 9 (52% in)
  • But Wynand let him finish, then assumed the appearance of listening, as if the sounds were reaching him, delayed.
    4.15 — Part 4 Chapter 15 (8% in)
  • He sat looking at the keys, holding his chin between two fingers, in the pose he knew he assumed when preparing to attack a paragraph.
    4.19 — Part 4 Chapter 19 (38% in)

There are no more uses of "assume" flagged with this meaning in The Fountainhead.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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