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definition 1: the act of supposing or taking for granted.
example: You have never met the man, and your opinion of him is based purely on assumption.
definition 2: that which is supposed or taken for granted.
example: She was indeed lost, but his assumption that she was a tourist was incorrect.
example: Because he was so late, she made the assumption that he’d missed his train.
definition 3: a taking on, as of a duty, role, or office.
example: His older brother’s abdication as king forced his assumption of the throne.
example: Her assumption of the role of caregiver for their ailing mother was a relief to her siblings.
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Collocations: Words often used in combination with the noun assumption (definition 2)
VERB + assumption: make ~ (e.g., made the assumption that the couple was married), underlie ~ (e.g., Ignorance of how the world has changed underlies many of our assumptions about conditions in other countries), question ~ , examine ~ , reconsider ~ , justify ~ , validate ~ , challenge ~ , contradict ~ , invalidate ~ , undermine ~ , refute ~