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.