Assuming
Assume As*sume", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Assumed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Assuming}.] [L. assumere; ad + sumere to take; sub + emere to take, buy: cf. F. assumer. See {Redeem}.] 1. To take to or upon one's self; to take formally and demonstratively; sometimes, to appropriate or take unjustly. [1913 Webster]

Trembling they stand while Jove assumes the throne. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The god assumed his native form again. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To take for granted, or without proof; to suppose as a fact; to suppose or take arbitrarily or tentatively. [1913 Webster]

The consequences of assumed principles. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

3. To pretend to possess; to take in appearance. [1913 Webster]

Ambition assuming the mask of religion. --Porteus. [1913 Webster]

Assume a virtue, if you have it not. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To receive or adopt. [1913 Webster]

The sixth was a young knight of lesser renown and lower rank, assumed into that honorable company. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To arrogate; usurp; appropriate. [1913 Webster]


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