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English verb: assume

1. assume (cognition) take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof


SamplesI assume his train was late.


Synonymspresume, take for granted


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)anticipate, expect


Narrower (hyponym)presuppose, suppose

2. assume (social) take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities


SamplesWhen will the new President assume office?.


Synonymsadopt, take on, take over


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)take office


Narrower (hyponym)resume

3. assume (change) take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect


SamplesHis 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.


Synonymsacquire, adopt, take, take on


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)re-assume

4. assume (possession) take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person


SamplesI'll accept the charges.
She agreed to bear the responsibility.


Synonymsaccept, bear, take over


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)take


Narrower (hyponym)carry-the can, face the music

5. assume (motion) occupy or take on


SamplesHe 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.


Synonymsstrike, take, take up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)move


Verb groupfill, occupy, take

6. assume (possession) seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession


SamplesHe 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.


Synonymsarrogate, seize, take over, usurp


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)take


Narrower (hyponym)annex, appropriate, capture, conquer, hijack, preoccupy, raid, seize

7. assume (creation) make a pretence of


SamplesShe assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger.
He feigned sleep.


Synonymsfeign, sham, simulate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)act, dissemble, pretend


Narrower (hyponym)feint, play

8. assume (contact) take up someone's soul into heaven


SamplesThis is the day when May was assumed into heaven.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)invite, receive, take in


Domain categoryChristian religion, Christianity

9. assume (body) put clothing on one's body


SamplesWhat 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.


Synonymsdon, get into, put on, wear


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)dress, get dressed


Narrower (hyponym)hat, scarf, slip on, try, try on









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