- The definition of assume is to formulate or verbalize an idea for which there is no evidence.
An example of something someone might assume is that everyone will be nice to each other at an event.
- Assume is defined as to take on responsibility.
An example of something you may assume is a new duty at your place of work.
- Assume means to fulfill the obligations of someone else's position by taking over his job.
An example of a situation in which you may assume a position is if the president of your organization is inept and must be removed from office.
assume definition by Webster's New World
- to take on or put on (the appearance, form, role, etc. of)
- to seize; usurp: to assume control
- to take upon oneself; undertake: to assume an obligation
- to take for granted; suppose (something) to be a fact
- to pretend to have; feign: to assume an air of innocence
- to take in or receive
- to take into association
Origin: Middle English assumen ; from Classical Latin assumere, to take up, claim ; from ad-, to plush sumere, to take: see consume
assume definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb as·sumed, as·sum·ing, as·sumes
- To take upon oneself: assume responsibility; assume another's debts.
- To undertake the duties of (an office): assumed the presidency.
- To take on; adopt: “The god assumes a human form” (John Ruskin).
- To put on; don: The queen assumed a velvet robe.
- To affect the appearance or possession of; feign.
- To take for granted; suppose: assumed that prices would rise. See Synonyms at presume.
- To take over without justification; seize: assume control.
- To take up or receive into heaven.
Origin: Middle English assumen, from Latin assūmere : ad-, ad- + sūmere, to take; see em- in Indo-European roots.
- as·sumˌa·bilˈi·ty noun
- as·sumˈa·ble adjective
- as·sumˈa·bly adverb
- as·sumˈer noun