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Overview of verb assume

The verb assume has 9 senses? (first 5 from tagged texts)
1. (68) assume, presume, take for granted

(take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof; "I assume his train was late")

2. (13) assume, adopt, take on, take over

(take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?")

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

(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. (6) bear, take over, accept, assume

(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. (3) assume, take, strike, take up

(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

(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

(make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep")

8. assume

(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

(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") © 2001-2013, Demand Media, all rights reserved. The database is based on Word Net a lexical database for the English language. see disclaimer
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