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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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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 was going on the date

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5 to provide with a paying job
  • 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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The first known use of assume was in the 15th century

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“Assume.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/assume. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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