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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Assume  \As*sume"\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  be  arrogant  or  pretentious;  to  claim  more  than  is  due. 
  --Bp.  Burnet. 
 
  2.  (Law)  To  undertake,  as  by  a  promise.  --Burrill. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Assume  \As*sume"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Assumed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Assuming}.]  [L.  assumere  ad  +  sumere  to  take  sub  + 
  emere  to  take  buy:  cf  F.  assumer.  See  {Redeem}.] 
  1.  To  take  to  or  upon  one's  self  to  take  formally  and 
  demonstratively;  sometimes  to  appropriate  or  take 
  unjustly. 
 
  Trembling  they  stand  while  Jove  assumes  the  throne. 
  --Pope. 
 
  The  god  assumed  his  native  form  again  --Pope. 
 
  2.  To  take  for  granted,  or  without  proof;  to  suppose  as  a 
  fact  to  suppose  or  take  arbitrarily  or  tentatively. 
 
  The  consequences  of  assumed  principles.  --Whewell. 
 
  3.  To  pretend  to  possess;  to  take  in  appearance. 
 
  Ambition  assuming  the  mask  of  religion.  --Porteus. 
 
  Assume  a  virtue,  if  you  have  it  not  --Shak. 
 
  4.  To  receive  or  adopt. 
 
  The  sixth  was  a  young  knight  of  lesser  renown  and 
  lower  rank,  assumed  into  that  honorable  company. 
  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  Syn:  To  arrogate;  usurp;  appropriate. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  assume 
  v  1:  take  to  be  the  case  or  to  be  true;  accept  without 
  verification  or  proof;  "I  assume  his  train  was  late" 
  [syn:  {presume},  {take  for  granted}] 
  2:  take  on  titles,  offices,  duties,  responsibilities;  "When 
  will  the  new  President  assume  office?"  [syn:  {adopt},  {take 
  on},  {take  over}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {acquire},  {adopt},  {take  on},  {take}] 
  4:  take  on  as  one's  own  expenses  or  debts  of  another  person; 
  "I'll  accept  the  charges";  "She  agreed  to  bear  the 
  responsibility"  [syn:  {bear},  {take  over},  {accept}] 
  5:  occupy  or  take  on  as  of  a  position  or  posture;  "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"  [syn:  {take},  {take  up}] 
  6:  take  control  of  take  as  one's  right  or  possession;  "He 
  assumed  to  himself  the  right  to  fill  all  positions  in  the 
  town";  "he  usurped  my  rights"  [syn:  {usurp},  {take  over}, 
  {arrogate}] 
  7:  make  a  pretence  of  "She  assumed  indifference,  even  though 
  she  was  seething  with  anger";  "he  feigned  sleep"  [syn:  {simulate}, 
  {sham},  {feign}] 
  8:  in  Christianity:  take  up  someone's  soul  into  heaven;  "This 
  is  the  day  when  May  was  assumed  into  heaven" 
  9:  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"  [syn:  {wear},  {put  on},  {get 
  into},  {don}] 




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