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WordNet 2.0
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • take to be the case or to be true
  • accept without verification or proof
  • "I assume his train was late"
  • Christianity, obsolete
  • take up someone''s soul into heaven
  • "This is the day when May was assumed into heaven"
  • make a pretence of
  • "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"
  • "he feigned sleep"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • take on as one''s own the expenses or debts of another person
  • "I''ll accept the charges"
  • "She agreed to bear the responsibility"
  • take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
  • "When will the new President assume office?"
assume
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

  • 1. To be arrogant or pretentious; to claim more than is due. Bp. Burnet.

    2. (Law) To undertake, as by a promise. Burrill.

 

If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.

Francis Bacon
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