- taking too much for granted; presumptuous.
Origin of assuming
- 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 assumingforward, domineering, overbearing, bold, conceited, disdainful, egotistic, haughty, imperious, pushy, rude
Examples from the Web for assuming
Contemporary Examples of assuming
But assuming things were ever that hopeful, heaven was short-lived, and trouble followed.The Sydney Astrologer Turned Islamic Radical
December 16, 2014
A French sales clerk hovers over Mariame, as if assuming she is shoplifting because she is black and from the projects.‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
November 25, 2014
What ISIS can do with the drone, assuming one is in their hands, is an open question.ISIS: We Nabbed an Iranian Drone
November 17, 2014
Assuming he sticks it out, the election will be thrown into the Vermont state house, where Democrats have a sizeable advantage.What the Hell Happened in Vermont?!
November 13, 2014
Assuming that members of Congress who live in D.C. are adults, they, too, will be permitted to get stoned at their leisure.Can Congress Get Stoned Now That D.C. Has Legalized Marijuana?
November 5, 2014
Historical Examples of assuming
You are assuming that the child does not know its own business, and that you do.
The danger lies in assuming that we shall get on any better.
Assuming the truth of those statements, I apply to you for information.
The horizon was growing indistinct, assuming a mud-colored tinge as it were.L'Assommoir
"Because," she replied slowly, assuming a doctorial expression.
- expecting too much; presumptuous; arrogant
- (often foll by that) if it is assumed or taken for granted (that)even assuming he understands the problem, he will never take any action
- (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.