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assume

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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.
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2 to take as true or as a fact without actual proof
  • Everyone assumed, wrongly, that someone else was bringing dessert.
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take for granted

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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.
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4 to present a false appearance of
  • She assumed an air of nonchalance even though she was wildly ecstatic she won the award.
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make believe

5 to provide with a paying job
  • She was assumed as partner by the prestigious law firm.
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assume, affect, pretend, simulate, feign, counterfeit, sham mean to put on a false or deceptive appearance. assume often implies a justifiable motive rather than an intent to deceive.
    • assumed an air of cheerfulness around the patients
affect implies making a false show of possessing, using, or feeling.
    • affected an interest in art
pretend implies an overt and sustained false appearance.
    • pretended that nothing had happened
simulate suggests a close imitation of the appearance of something.
    • cosmetics that simulate a suntan
feign implies more artful invention than pretend, less specific mimicry than simulate.
    • feigned sickness
counterfeit implies achieving the highest degree of verisimilitude of any of these words.
    • an actor counterfeiting drunkenness
sham implies an obvious falseness that fools only the gullible.
    • shammed a most unconvincing limp


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