- adopted in order to deceive; fictitious; pretended; feigned: an assumed name; an assumed air of humility.
- taken for granted; supposed: His assumed innocence proved untrue.
Origin of assumed
- 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 Wordsgranted, accepted, presumed, affected, simulated, pretended, feigned, fake, counterfeit, sham, given, inferred, understood, supposed, artificial, bogus, fictitious, imitation, made-up
Examples from the Web for assumed
Forget everything you assumed about the lives of classic musicians.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
December 23, 2014
After the last magnet was retrieved, she assumed slave posture and waited for Couple to unclasp the clamps.
After tightening her collar, Stella assumed slave posture: on her knees, legs slightly spread, palm resting face-up on her thighs.
The ghost writer in question is assumed to be one Siobhan Curham—an established author of both YA and adult fiction.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling
December 11, 2014
Leo and Jorge might reasonably have assumed that the matter had been put to bed.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
December 8, 2014
After this, nothing could restore the courtesy he had previously assumed.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He gives what His hearers might be assumed to be able to assimilate; but that is all.The Conquest of Fear
Dick assumed an air vastly more confidential than at any time hitherto.Within the Law
It is assumed that the children that are to eat this meal are not infants.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
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These daily meetings had assumed a great and sweet familiarity.The Dream
- false; fictitiousan assumed name
- taken for grantedan assumed result
- usurped; arrogatedan assumed authority
- (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 and History for assumed
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.