What does assume mean?

Definitions for assume
əˈsumas·sume

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word assume.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. assume, presume, take for grantedverb

    take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof

    "I assume his train was late"

  2. assume, adopt, take on, take oververb

    take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

    "When will the new President assume office?"

  3. assume, acquire, adopt, take on, takeverb

    take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

    "His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"

  4. bear, take over, accept, assumeverb

    take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

    "I'll accept the charges"; "She agreed to bear the responsibility"

  5. assume, take, strike, take upverb

    occupy or take on

    "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"

  6. assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogateverb

    seize and take control 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"; "he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"

  7. simulate, assume, sham, feignverb

    make a pretence of

    "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"

  8. assumeverb

    take up someone's soul into heaven

    "This is the day when May was assumed into heaven"

  9. wear, put on, get into, don, assumeverb

    put clothing on one's body

    "What should I wear today?"; "He put on his best suit for the wedding"; "The princess donned a long blue dress"; "The queen assumed the stately robes"; "He got into his jeans"

Wiktionary

  1. assumeverb

    To authenticate by means of belief; to surmise; to suppose to be true, especially without proof.

    We assume that, as her parents were dentists, she knows quite a bit about dentistry.

    Etymology: From assumo, from ad- + sumo.

  2. assumeverb

    To take on a position or duty.

    Mr. Jones will assume the position of a lifeguard until a proper replacement is found.

    Etymology: From assumo, from ad- + sumo.

  3. assumeverb

    To adopt an idea or cause.

    Etymology: From assumo, from ad- + sumo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assumeverb

    to take to or upon one's self; to take formally and demonstratively; sometimes, to appropriate or take unjustly

  2. Assumeverb

    to take for granted, or without proof; to suppose as a fact; to suppose or take arbitrarily or tentatively

  3. Assumeverb

    to pretend to possess; to take in appearance

  4. Assumeverb

    to receive or adopt

  5. Assumeverb

    to be arrogant or pretentious; to claim more than is due

  6. Assumeverb

    to undertake, as by a promise

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Assume

    as-sūm′, v.t. to adopt, take in: to take up, to take upon one's self: to take for granted: to arrogate: to pretend to possess.—v.i. to claim unduly: to be arrogant.—adjs. Assum′able, Assump′tive, that may be assumed.—adv. Assum′ably, presumably.—adj. Assumed′, appropriated, usurped: pretended: taken as the basis of argument.—advs. Assum′edly, Assum′ingly.—adj. Assum′ing, haughty: arrogant. [L. assumĕread, to, sumĕre, sumptum, to take.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assume' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2597

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assume' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2008

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'assume' in Verbs Frequency: #205

Anagrams for assume »

  1. amuses, Seamus

  2. Seamus

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of assume in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of assume in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of assume in a Sentence

  1. Leo Szilard, "A Random Walk in Science" compiled by R. L. Weber, edited by E. Mendoza:

    You may assume infinite ignorance and unlimited intelligence.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I assume that when I pick up my telephone, people are listening to my conversations anyway, if you want to know the truth. It's pretty sad commentary, but I err on the side of security.

  3. Frans Timmermans:

    We've seen over the last couple of years that radical climate-change deniers have changed their position because the facts are so overwhelming. It's an untenable position, i would assume, as a politician myself, that Donald Trump is thinking about the next election and he's looking at American society. And if you see how much support there is in American society to act upon climate change, he's probably doing the math and thinking that if I want to be reelected, I have to take this seriously.

  4. Elizabeth Goergl of Austria:

    In Lake Louise, I won so many times that some people automatically assume that I should win there. But it’s never easy to win in any World Cup race, i already knew I could win here today but it was for other people to understand that I’m back to where I used to be. I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the season and have more opportunities to feel more comfortable with the speed and keep pushing myself.

  5. Per Franzen:

    The fact that owners representing 63 percent of capital and 68 percent of shares have chosen to sell their shares to us at this level means that it per definition is an attractive offer, and I assume the remaining owners will reach the same conclusion.

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Translations for assume

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  • يفترض, افترض, افترArabic
  • допускам, поемам, заемам, приемамBulgarian
  • zaujmout, nabrat, předpokládat, domnívat seCzech
  • formode, antageDanish
  • annehmen, aufnehmen, einnehmenGerman
  • υποθέτωGreek
  • supozi, akceptiEsperanto
  • asumir, dar por sentado, suponerSpanish
  • فرض کردن, حدس زدنPersian
  • olettaaFinnish
  • haldaFaroese
  • présupposer, présumer, assumer, adopter, supposer, prendreFrench
  • presupporre, ritenere, assumereItalian
  • 引き受ける, 負う, 仮定するJapanese
  • 가정Korean
  • whakatupuMāori
  • innemen, aannemen, veronderstellenDutch
  • przyjąć, założyćPolish
  • assumir, presumir, supor, pressuporPortuguese
  • presupune, prepuneRomanian
  • занять, занимать, предполагать, предположить, принять, принимать, допускать, допуститьRussian
  • pretpostavitiSerbo-Croatian
  • predpokladaťSlovak
  • antaSwedish
  • கருதுவதுTamil

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
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    • B. appellative
    • C. adscripted
    • D. soft-witted

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