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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 as·sume /əˈsum/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 As·sume, v. i.
 1. To be arrogant or pretentious; to claim more than is due.
 2. Law To undertake, as by a promise.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
          sham, feign]
      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
         into, don]