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  1. taking too much for granted; presumptuous.

Origin of assuming

First recorded in 1595–1605; assume + -ing2

Other words from assuming

  • as·sum·ing·ly, adverb
  • self-as·sum·ing, adjective

Words Nearby assuming Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use assuming in a sentence

  • assuming that members of Congress who live in D.C. are adults, they, too, will be permitted to get stoned at their leisure.

  • That she was unwise in assuming her own will so promptly, with little regard to consulting his, she might yet discover.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • assuming the above view to be reasonable, the number of new instruments which left the Stradivari house must have been very large.

    Antonio Stradivari | Horace William Petherick
  • "If true, it would account for his not showing himself to his friend—assuming that he did come back," observed Mr. Carr.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • There is one specimen in the Museum, probably killed rather late in the spring, as it is assuming the black breast.

  • She felt that servants had no right to presume to pay her compliments—that they were thus assuming that she was upon their level.

British Dictionary definitions for assuming


/ (əˈsjuːmɪŋ) /

  1. expecting too much; presumptuous; arrogant

  1. (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

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