Synonyms and Antonyms of assume

  1. 1 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 Synonyms of assume accept, bear, shoulder, take over, undertake Words Related to assume adopt, embrace, take up; advocate, back, champion, endorse (also indorse), espouse, stand by, support, uphold; accede, acquiesce, agree, assent, consent; reaccept, reassume Near Antonyms of assume abjure, recant, renounce, retract, take back, unsay, withdraw; decline, refuse, reject, spurn, turn down; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from); avoid, bypass, detour; abandon, abnegate, forsake, give up, relinquish, spurn, surrender; back down, back off, backtrack Antonyms of assume disavow, disclaim, disown, repudiate

  2. 2 to take as true or as a fact without actual proof everyone assumed, wrongly, that someone else was bringing dessert Synonyms of assume hypothecate, hypothesize, postulate, premise, presume, presuppose, say, suppose Words Related to assume accept, believe, credit, swallow; conclude, deduce, gather, infer, judge, take; conjecture, figure, guess, reckon [chiefly dialect], surmise, suspect, suspicion [chiefly dialect], think; conceive, dream, fancy, imagine, perceive, preconceive; speculate, theorize; affirm, allege, assert, aver, avouch, avow, claim, contend, declare, insist, maintain, profess Phrases take for granted Near Antonyms of assume challenge, controvert, disagree (with), disbelieve, discount, discredit, dispute, distrust, doubt, mistrust, question, wonder (about); deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, reject, repudiate; belie, confute, disprove, rebut, refute

  3. 3 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 Synonyms of assume guess, conjecture, daresay, imagine, presume, speculate, suppose, surmise, suspect, suspicion [chiefly dialect]Words Related to assume conclude, deduce, gather, infer; hypothecate, hypothesize, theorize; believe, conceive, expect, judge, reckon [chiefly dialect], take, thinkNear Antonyms of assume demonstrate, document, establish, prove, substantiate, validate; ascertain, determine, find out, learn

  4. 4 to present a false appearance of she assumed an air of nonchalance even though she was wildly ecstatic she was going on the date Synonyms of assume act, affect, feign, bluff, counterfeit, dissemble, fake, pass (for), pretend, profess, put on, sham, simulateWords Related to assume dissimulate, impersonate, let on, masquerade, play, playact, pose; forge, imitate; camouflage, conceal, disguise, mask; feint; malinger

  5. 5 to provide with a paying job assumed as partner by the prestigious law firm Synonyms of assume employ, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], pay, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take onWords Related to assume reemploy, reengage, rehire; apprentice, contract, job, partner, subcontract; enlist; advance, promote, upgrade; keep (on); headhunt, scoutNear Antonyms of assume furlough, lay off, lock outAntonyms of assume ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack

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