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 granted(verb)

    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 over(verb)

    take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

    "When will the new President assume office?"

  3. assume, acquire, adopt, take on, take(verb)

    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, assume(verb)

    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 up(verb)

    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, arrogate(verb)

    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, feign(verb)

    make a pretence of

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

  8. assume(verb)

    take up someone's soul into heaven

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

  9. wear, put on, get into, don, assume(verb)

    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. assume(Verb)

    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. assume(Verb)

    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. assume(Verb)

    To adopt an idea or cause.

    Etymology: From assumo, from ad- + sumo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assume(verb)

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

  2. Assume(verb)

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

  3. Assume(verb)

    to pretend to possess; to take in appearance

  4. Assume(verb)

    to receive or adopt

  5. Assume(verb)

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

  6. Assume(verb)

    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.]

British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce assume?

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How to say assume in sign language?

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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. Claes Larsson:

    We assume the market in two to three years will be weaker than today. We are extra cautious right now about factoring in today's price levels in projects we start today.

  2. Christiane Wirtz:

    You can assume that this topic was on the agenda during the most recent talks between the chancellor and the Turkish prime minister, press freedom has very great significance to the German government.

  3. David Edwards:

    Even open-minded people will often find themselves unable to take seriously the likes of [Noam] Chomsky, [Edward] Herman, [Howard] Zinn and [Susan] George on first encountering their work; it just does not seem possible that we could be so mistaken in what we believe. The individual may assume that these writers must be somehow joking, wildly over-stating the case, paranoid, or have some sort of axe to grind. We may actually become angry with them for telling us these terrible things about our society and insist that this simply 'can't be true'. It takes real effort to keep reading, to resist the reassuring messages of the mass media and be prepared to consider the evidence again. - David Edwards

  4. Kevin Hart:

    We're poking fun at these racial stereotypes in such a clever way that people are going to have to go, 'It is stupid to prejudge and to assume based on appearance, color, standards, whatever it may be,'.

  5. Jack Vanderhei:

    We know that 401(k) participants are guilty of excessive extrapolation - they like to look at how good things have been, and assume it will just continue that way.

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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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