assume


assume
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 upon oneself; undertake [to assume an obligation]
4. to take for granted; suppose (something) to be a fact
5. to pretend to have; feign [to assume an air of innocence]
6. Archaic
a) to take in or receive
b) to take into association
SYN.- PRESUME
assumable
adj.
assumer
n.
SYN.- ASSUME implies the putting on of a false appearance but suggests a harmless or excusable motive [an assumed air of bravado ]; PRETEND and FEIGN both imply a profession or display of what is false, the more literary FEIGN sometimes suggesting an elaborately contrived situation [to pretend not to hear, to feign deafness ]; to AFFECT2 is to make a show of being, having, using, wearing, etc., usually for effect [to affect a British accent ]; SIMULATE emphasizes the imitation of typical signs involved in assuming an appearance or characteristic not one's own [to simulate interest ]

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