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.
2. Pretended; hypocritical; make-believe; as, an assumed character.
adj 1: accepted as real or true without proof; "an assumed increase
in population"; "the assumed reason for his absence";
"assumptive beliefs"; "his loyalty was taken for
granted" [syn: assumptive, taken for granted(p)]
2: taken as your right without justification; "was hearing
evidence in an assumed capacity"; "Congress's arrogated
powers over domains hitherto belonging to the states"
3: adopted in order to deceive; "an assumed name"; "an assumed
cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy";
"a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham
modesty" [syn: false, fictitious, fictive, pretended,
put on, sham]