assume

  • 1 assume — as·sume vt as·sumed, as·sum·ing 1: to voluntarily take upon oneself assume a risk 2: to take over (the debts or obligations of another) as one s own assume a mortgage Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 assume — UK US /əˈsjuːm/ verb [T] ► to begin to take control of something: assume control/office/a role »Europe has assumed a leadership role in the prevention of future global crises. assume responsibility for sth »The FSA said mortgages would not be… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 assume — assume, presume 1. Both words can mean ‘suppose’ and are often interchangeable in this meaning. Fowler (1926) maintained that there is a stronger element of postulation or hypothesis in assume and of a belief held on the basis of external… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 assume — [ə so͞om′, əsyo͞om′] vt. assumed, assuming [ME assumen < L assumere, to take up, claim < ad , to + sumere, to take: see CONSUME] 1. to take on or put on (the appearance, form, role, etc. of) 2. to seize; usurp [to assume control] 3. to take …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 assume — 1 Assume, affect, pretend, simulate, feign, counterfeit, sham mean to put on a false or deceptive appearance. Assume often implies a pardonable motive rather than an intent to deceive {it sometimes happens that by assuming an air of cheerfulness… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 assume — [v1] believe, take for granted accept, ascertain, be afraid, be inclined to think, conclude, conjecture, consider, count upon, deduce, deem, divine, estimate, expect, fall for, fancy, find, gather, get the idea*, guess, have a hunch*, have… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 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,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 assume — (v.) early 15c., assumpten to receive up into heaven (especially of the Virgin Mary), also assumen to arrogate, from L. assumere to take up, take to oneself, from ad to, up (see AD (Cf. ad )) + sumere to take, from sub under + emere …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 Assume — As*sume , v. i. 1. To be arrogant or pretentious; to claim more than is due. Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To undertake, as by a promise. Burrill. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 assume — an agreement to continue performing duties under a contract or lease (Glossary of Common Bankruptcy Terms) An agreement between the debtor and the other party to an executory contract to continue performing duties under that contract. A lease is… …

    Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • 11 assumé — assumé, ée (a su mé, mée) part. passé. La responsabilité assumée par cet employé …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 12 assume — ► VERB 1) accept as true without proof. 2) take (responsibility or control). 3) begin to have (a quality, appearance, or extent). 4) pretend to have; adopt falsely. ORIGIN Latin assumere, from sumere take …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 assume — as|sume W1S1 [əˈsju:m US əˈsu:m] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: assumere, from ad to + sumere to take ] 1.) to think that something is true, although you do not have definite proof = ↑presume assume (that) ▪ I didn t see your car, so I… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 assume — [[t]əsju͟ːm, AM əsu͟ːm[/t]] ♦♦ assumes, assuming, assumed 1) VERB If you assume that something is true, you imagine that it is true, sometimes wrongly. [V that] It is a misconception to assume that the two continents are similar... [V that] If… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 assume — verb (T) 1 to think that something is true, although you have no proof of it: assume (that): I didn t see your car, so I assumed you d gone out. | Assuming that the proposal is accepted, when are we going to get the money? | we can safely assume… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 assume */*/*/ — UK [əˈsjuːm] / US [əˈsum] verb [transitive] Word forms assume : present tense I/you/we/they assume he/she/it assumes present participle assuming past tense assumed past participle assumed 1) a) to believe that something is true, even though no… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 assume — verb ADVERB ▪ automatically, naturally ▪ I automatically assumed that you knew about this. ▪ reasonably, safely ▪ I think we can safely assume that this situation will continue …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 assume — 01. When you didn t come to work, I just [assumed] that you were sick. 02. We shouldn t make any [assumptions] until we have heard from everyone involved in the incident. 03. Many people seem to [assume] that Canadians are just the same as… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 19 assume — transitive verb (assumed; assuming) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin assumere, from ad + sumere to take more at consume Date: 15th century 1. a. to take up or in ; receive b. to take into partners …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 assume — assumer, n. /euh soohm /, v.t., assumed, assuming. 1. to take for granted or without proof; suppose; postulate; posit: to assume that everyone wants peace. 2. to take upon oneself; undertake: to assume an obligation. 3. to take over the duties or …

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