as·​sumed | \ ə-ˈsümd How to pronounce assumed (audio) \

Definition of assumed

1 : not true or real : deliberately pretended or feigned an assumed cheerfulness an assumed air of indifference : false, fictitious an assumed name
2 : taken for granted : supposed the assumed reason for his absence

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assumedly \ ə-​ˈsü-​məd-​lē How to pronounce assumedly (audio) \ adverb
The hotel has seven rentable rooms on the third floor, assumedly for those who need to render themselves supine after an attack on the elaborate fare. — Horace Sutton

Examples of assumed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brown previously captioned a black-and-white image of himself looking down, presumably at his new son, while sharing the assumed birth date. Helen Murphy,, "Chris Brown Says Newborn Son Aeko 'Stole My Whole Face' as He Shares New Photos from Child's Birth," 14 Dec. 2019 Too many of my white colleagues in journalism still seem to believe their profession and the assumed stance of objectivity places them at a distance from white supremacy. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "The Great White Nope," 13 Dec. 2019 The 13th check can only be issued when a pension fund’s earnings rise above the assumed rate of return. Susannah Bryan,, "Hollywood taxpayers stuck spending millions on extra pension payouts," 2 Oct. 2019 Brown captioned a black-and-white image of himself looking down, presumably at his new son while sharing the assumed birth date, on Thursday. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Chris Brown and Ex-Girlfriend Ammika Harris Welcome a Son: Reports," 22 Nov. 2019 The Chicago Teachers scheme has a shortfall of $13.4bn, and a funding ratio of 47.9% on the basis of an assumed return of 6.8%. The Economist, "America’s public-sector pension schemes are trillions of dollars short," 14 Nov. 2019 Escaping the Napoleonic Wars, the protagonist of this novel, an English captain named John Lacroix, adopts an assumed name and heads for Scotland. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 5 Nov. 2019 Residents assumed officials would not threaten constituents’ expectations. Lew Jan Olowski,, "Other Voices: Benefit of Howard redistricting plan just another fable," 30 Oct. 2019 My plan was to use an assumed name, but even this doesn't placate him. Washington Post, "Badgered over a baby shower she doesn’t want, she needs to say, ‘Back off’," 27 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of assumed

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jan 2020

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“Assumed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of assumed

: not true or real

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