Definition of "assume" [as•sume]

  • To take upon oneself: assume responsibility; assume another's debts. (verb-transitive)
  • To undertake the duties of (an office): assumed the presidency. (verb-transitive)
  • To take on; adopt: "The god assumes a human form” ( John Ruskin). (verb-transitive)
  • To put on; don: The queen assumed a velvet robe. (verb-transitive)
  • To affect the appearance or possession of; feign. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "assume" in a sentence
  • "I can only assume yeah I know *assume* that they have tested enough people and found that assertion passes the smell test even though there is no evidence other than the address on her 1040 for eight yesr."
  • "FYI, my Munger, which I assume is shorthand for War Monger!"
  • "The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right."