assume Definition

  • 1suppose to be the case, without proof
  • 2take on (a specified quality, appearance, or extent)

Using assume: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "assume" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I assume he's busy because he hasn't called me back.

  • Example

    Let's assume that we have enough money to buy a house.

  • Example

    She assumed a new identity and moved to a different country.

  • Example

    He assumed control of the company after his father retired.

assume Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with assume

  • to expect the worst possible outcome in a situation


    I always assume the worst when I don't hear from my daughter for a long time.

  • to take on the duty or obligation of something


    As the manager, you need to assume responsibility for the team's performance.

  • to take up a particular stance or posture, often used in a military context


    The soldiers were ordered to assume the position and wait for further instructions.

Origins of assume

from Latin 'assumere', meaning 'take up'


Summary: assume in Brief

To 'assume' [əˈsjuːm] is to suppose something to be true without proof or to take on a specified quality, appearance, or extent. It can be used in phrases like 'assume the worst,' meaning to expect the worst possible outcome, or 'assume responsibility,' meaning to take on a duty or obligation. 'Assume' can be formalized as 'presume' or 'postulate,' or used informally as 'guess' or 'take for granted.'

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