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Verb: assume  u's(y)oom
  1. Take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
    "I assume his train was late";
    - presume, take for granted
  2. Take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
    "When will the new President assume office?";
    - adopt, take on, take over
  3. Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
    "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables";
    - acquire, adopt, take on, take
  4. Take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
    "She agreed to assume the responsibility";
    - bear, take over, accept
  5. Occupy or take on
    "He assumes the lotus position";
    - take, strike, take up
  6. Take control of (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";
    - usurp, seize, take over, arrogate
  7. Make a pretence of
    "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger";
    - simulate, sham, feign
  8. (Christianity) take up someone's soul into heaven
    "This is the day when Mary was assumed into heaven"
  9. Put clothing on one's body
    "The queen assumed the stately robes";
    - wear, put on, get into, don

Derived forms: assumed, assumes, assuming

See also: accept

Type of: act, anticipate, change, dissemble, dress, expect, get dressed, invite, move, pretend, receive, take, take in, take office

Encyclopedia: Assume