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assume

as·sume

assume

 
 
pronunciation:
sum
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: assumed, assumes, assuming
definition 1: to suppose (something) to be true without evidence; take for granted.
It was four o'clock Monday afternoon, so I assumed she was still at work.I assumed that he could answer my calculus question because he had been a math professor.
 
synonyms:
presume, presuppose, suppose
similar words:
conjecture, imagine, posit, postulate, predicate, premise
definition 2: to take on, as a duty, role, or appearance.
She assumed the burden of caring for his aging mother without complaining.The ghost assumed bodily form.
synonyms:
adopt, undertake
antonyms:
abdicate
similar words:
accept, bear, pretend, shoulder, strike, wear
definition 3: to put on outwardly; pretend; affect.
They merely assumed interest in the subject for the sake of their host.
synonyms:
affect, counterfeit, feign, pretend, simulate
similar words:
don, imitate, impersonate, mimic
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