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Meaning & Definition of Assume in English





1. Take to be the case or to be true

  • Accept without verification or proof
  • "I assume his train was late"
  • assume,
  • presume,
  • take for granted

2. Take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

  • "When will the new president assume office?"
  • assume,
  • adopt,
  • take on,
  • take over

3. Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

  • "His voice took on a sad tone"
  • "The story took a new turn"
  • "He adopted an air of superiority"
  • "She assumed strange manners"
  • "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
  • assume,
  • acquire,
  • adopt,
  • take on,
  • take

4. Take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

  • "I'll accept the charges"
  • "She agreed to bear the responsibility"
  • bear,
  • take over,
  • accept,
  • assume

5. Occupy or take on

  • "He assumes the lotus position"
  • "She took her seat on the stage"
  • "We took our seats in the orchestra"
  • "She took up her position behind the tree"
  • "Strike a pose"
  • assume,
  • take,
  • strike,
  • take up

6. Seize and take control without authority and possibly with force

  • Take as one's right or possession
  • "He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town"
  • "He usurped my rights"
  • "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"
  • assume,
  • usurp,
  • seize,
  • take over,
  • arrogate

7. Make a pretence of

  • "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"
  • "He feigned sleep"
  • simulate,
  • assume,
  • sham,
  • feign

8. Take up someone's soul into heaven

  • "This is the day when may was assumed into heaven"
  • assume

9. Put clothing on one's body

  • "What should i wear today?"
  • "He put on his best suit for the wedding"
  • "The princess donned a long blue dress"
  • "The queen assumed the stately robes"
  • "He got into his jeans"
  • wear,
  • put on,
  • get into,
  • don,
  • assume

Examples of using

I assume that Tom can speak French.
I assume you've heard about Tom's promotion.
I assume you know where Tom hid the key.