Assume Definition

assumed, assumes, assuming
assumed, assumes, assuming
To take for granted; suppose.
The study assumes that prices will rise.
American Heritage
To take on or put on (a certain appearance, form, role, etc.)
Webster's New World
To take upon oneself (a duty or obligation).
Assume responsibility; assume another's debts.
American Heritage
To put oneself into.
Please assume a standing position.
Webster's New World
To undertake the duties of (an office).
Assumed the presidency.
American Heritage

Origin of Assume

  • Middle English assumen from Latin assūmere ad- ad- sūmere to take em- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin assūmō (“accept, take”), from ad- (“to, towards, at”) + sūmō (“take up, assume”).

    From Wiktionary

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