Simple Definition of assume
: to think that something is true or probably true without knowing that it is true
: to begin (a role, duty, etc.) as a job or responsibility
: to take or begin to have (power, control, etc.) in a job or situation
Full Definition of assume
1 a : to take up or in : receive b : to take into partnership, employment, or use
4 : to pretend to have or be : feign <assumed an air of confidence in spite of her dismay>
5 : to take as granted or true : suppose <I assume he'll be there>
6 : to take over (the debts of another) as one's own
Examples of assume
I assumed he was coming, so I was surprised when he didn't show up.
She assumed from his expression that he was confused.
We'll be arriving around noon. That's assuming that our flight is on time.
The king assumed the throne when he was very young.
Under certain conditions, the chemical will assume the appearance of ice.
Origin of assume
Middle English, from Latin assumere, from ad- + sumere to take — more at consume
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of assume
Rhymes with assume
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