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1. assume, presume, take for granted

take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof

Example Sentences:
'I assume his train was late'

2. adopt, assume, take on, take over

take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

Example Sentences:
'When will the new President assume office?'

3. acquire, adopt, assume, take, take on

take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

Example Sentences:
'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'

4. accept, assume, bear, take over

take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

Example Sentences:
'I'll accept the charges'
'She agreed to bear the responsibility'

5. assume, strike, take, take up

occupy or take on

Example Sentences:
'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'

6. arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp

seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

Example Sentences:
'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'

7. assume, feign, sham, simulate

make a pretence of

Example Sentences:
'She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger'
'he feigned sleep'

8. assume

take up someone's soul into heaven

Example Sentences:
'This is the day when May was assumed into heaven'

9. assume, don, get into, put on, wear

put clothing on one's body

Example Sentences:
'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'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb (transitive)
1. (may take a clause as object)
to take for granted; accept without proof; suppose
to assume that someone is sane
to take upon oneself; undertake or take on or over (a position, responsibility, etc)
to assume office
to pretend to; feign
he assumed indifference, although the news affected him deeply
to take or put on; adopt
the problem assumed gigantic proportions
to appropriate or usurp (power, control, etc); arrogate
the revolutionaries assumed control of the city
6. Christianity
(of God) to take up (the soul of a believer) into heaven

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verb transitiveWord forms: asˈsumed or asˈsuming
to take on or put on (the appearance, form, role, etc. of)
to seize; usurp
to assume control
to take upon oneself; undertake
to assume an obligation
to take for granted; suppose (something) to be a fact
to pretend to have; feign
to assume an air of innocence
6.  Archaic
to take in or receive
to take into association

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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v. as·sumed, as·sum·ing, as·sumes
1. To take for granted; suppose: The study assumes that prices will rise.
a. To take upon oneself (a duty or obligation): assume responsibility; assume another's debts.
b. To undertake the duties of (an office): assumed the presidency.
a. To take on (an appearance, role, or form, for example); adopt: "The god assumes a human form" (John Ruskin).
b. To pretend to have; feign: assume an air of authority.
4. To take over without justification; seize: assume control.
5. To clothe oneself in; don: The queen assumed a velvet robe.
6. To take up or receive into heaven.
To make a supposition; suppose or believe: "Is Kay's husband coming to dinner too?" "I assume so."

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