as·​sumed ə-ˈsümd How to pronounce assumed (audio)
: not true or real : deliberately pretended or feigned
an assumed cheerfulness
an assumed air of indifference
: false, fictitious
an assumed name
: taken for granted : supposed
the assumed reason for his absence
assumedly 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 The album’s final first-week sales number is expected to be announced on Sunday, Nov. 5, along with its assumed large debut on the multi-metric Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 11). Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 28 Oct. 2023 Scholars following Man the Hunter dogma relied on this belief in women's limited physical capacities and the assumed burden of pregnancy and lactation to argue that only men hunted. Cara Ocobock, Scientific American, 19 Oct. 2023 Shaw and Nixon’s script leans heavily on your assumed awareness of what would soon happen when Spielberg’s event movies devour the New Hollywood experimentation of the 1970s and lead us right to our current cinematic universe. Vulture, 10 Aug. 2023 That release of photos, lawyers for the officers say, not only threatened the lives of the officers, some of whom are in deep cover with assumed identities as part of task forces in other states, but also endangered their families. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2023 Bartlett also is accused of using an assumed identity to communicate with minors online and also to exchange explicit images of children. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 2 Feb. 2023 The lower the assumed carbon budget (the remaining greenhouse gas emissions that can be emitted), the higher the probability of hitting the 1.5˚ C target. David Carlin, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 While part of the CIA, Chase went rogue; he’s spent the rest of his life — before and after becoming a parent and then a widower — living under assumed identities and staying just out-of-reach of an angry defense apparatus. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 15 June 2022 As the assumed victim, Brian was sent to a hotel. CBS News, 25 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of assumed was in 1813

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“Assumed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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