Definition of ASSUME

to take to or upon oneself <we promised to assume responsibility for any damage to the flower beds caused by the volleyball game in the backyard>
to take as true or as a fact without actual proof <everyone assumed, wrongly, that someone else was bringing dessert>
Phrases take for granted
to form an opinion from little or no evidence <as I just assumed it was too late to go out, I didn't think to ask>
to present a false appearance of <she assumed an air of nonchalance even though she was wildly ecstatic she was going on the date>
to provide with a paying job <assumed as partner by the prestigious law firm>
Synonyms assume, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], pay, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take on
Near Antonyms furlough, lay off, lock out
Antonyms ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack

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