Definition of "assume" []

  • 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)
  • To take for granted; accept without proof; suppose (verb)

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.

  • To take upon oneself; undertake or take on or over (a position, responsibility, etc) (verb)
  • To pretend to; feign (verb)
  • To take or put on; adopt (verb)
  • To appropriate or usurp (power, control, etc); arrogate (verb)
  • (of God) to take up (the soul of a believer) into heaven (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

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."