- to take for granted or without proof: to assume that everyone wants peace.
- to take upon oneself; undertake: to assume an obligation.
- to take over the duties or responsibilities of: to assume the office of treasurer.
- to take on (a particular character, quality, mode of life, etc.); adopt: He assumed the style of an aggressive go-getter.
- to take on; be invested or endowed with: The situation assumed a threatening character.
- to pretend to have or be; feign: to assume a humble manner.
- to appropriate or arrogate; seize; usurp: to assume a right to oneself; to assume control.
- to take upon oneself (the debts or obligations of another).
- Archaic. to take into relation or association; adopt.
- to take something for granted; presume.
Origin of assume
Related Words for assumeguess, consider, conclude, accept, infer, understand, expect, presume, suspect, estimate, speculate, think, begin, acquire, embrace, affect, adopt, conjecture, gather, theorize
Examples from the Web for assume
Contemporary Examples of assume
Nor should we ever assume that weather alone, however extreme, should be fatal to a commercial flight.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
It occurs to me that Mount must assume that Hitchcock has read it--after all, it came from him.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
I assume he turned something else into aspirin and black coffee the next morning.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
We can only assume that he was, as you would expect him to be, mortified by his own inability to keep his charges under control.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
Contrary to what you may assume about me, I actually enjoy the occasional trip to the mall.It’s Always Black Friday for Clerks
November 28, 2014
Historical Examples of assume
Sympathetic persons are apt to assume that every refined emotion must be ennobling.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I come before you and assume the Presidency at a moment rich with promise.
What if Remorse should assume the features of an injured friend?The Haunted Mind (From "Twice Told Tales")
"Go on before, and make a way for us," said the doctor, with an authority he had no right to assume.Weighed and Wanting
This bantering is most pointed if we assume that Rosaline was dark rather than fair.The Man Shakespeare
- (may take a clause as object) to take for granted; accept without proof; supposeto 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; feignhe assumed indifference, although the news affected him deeply
- to take or put on; adoptthe problem assumed gigantic proportions
- to appropriate or usurp (power, control, etc); arrogatethe revolutionaries assumed control of the city
- Christianity (of God) to take up (the soul of a believer) into heaven
Word Origin for assume
early 15c., assumpten "to receive up into heaven" (especially of the Virgin Mary), also assumen "to arrogate," from Latin assumere "to take up, take to oneself," from ad- "to, up" (see ad-) + sumere "to take," from sub "under" + emere "to take" (see exempt (adj.)).
Meaning "to suppose, to take for granted as the basis of argument" is first recorded 1590s; that of "to take or put on (an appearance, etc.)" is from c.1600. Related: Assumed; assuming. Early past participle was assumpt. In rhetorical usage, assume expresses what the assumer postulates, often as a confessed hypothesis; presume expresses what the presumer really believes.