As·sume v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assumed p. pr. & vb. n. Assuming.]
1. To take to or upon one's self; to take formally and demonstratively; sometimes, to appropriate or take unjustly.
Trembling they stand while Jove assumes the throne. --Pope.
The god assumed his native form again. --Pope.
2. To take for granted, or without proof; to suppose as a fact; to suppose or take arbitrarily or tentatively.
The consequences of assumed principles. --Whewell.
3. To pretend to possess; to take in appearance.
Ambition assuming the mask of religion. --Porteus.
Assume a virtue, if you have it not. --Shak.
4. To receive or adopt.
The sixth was a young knight of lesser renown and lower rank, assumed into that honorable company. --Sir W. Scott.
Syn: -- To arrogate; usurp; appropriate.
As·sume, v. i.
1. To be arrogant or pretentious; to claim more than is due.
2. Law To undertake, as by a promise.
v 1: take to be the case or to be true; accept without
verification or proof; "I assume his train was late"
[syn: presume, take for granted]
2: take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When
will the new President assume office?" [syn: adopt, take
on, take over]
3: take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice
took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he
adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange
manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these
fables" [syn: acquire, adopt, take on, take]
4: take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another
person; "I'll accept the charges"; "She agreed to bear the
responsibility" [syn: bear, take over, accept]
5: occupy or take on; "He assumes the lotus position"; "She
took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the
orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree";
"strike a pose" [syn: take, strike, take up]
6: seize and take control without authority and possibly with
force; take as one's right or possession; "He assumed to
himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he
usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne
after her husband died" [syn: usurp, seize, take over,
7: make a pretence of; "She assumed indifference, even though
she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep" [syn: simulate,
8: Christianity, obsolete; take up someone's soul into heaven;
"This is the day when May was assumed into heaven"
9: put clothing on one's body; "What should I wear today?"; "He
put on his best suit for the wedding"; "The princess
donned a long blue dress"; "The queen assumed the stately
robes"; "He got into his jeans" [syn: wear, put on, get