AskDefine | Define assume

Dictionary Definition



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, arrogate]
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]

User Contributed Dictionary




From assumere ().


  1. To authenticate by means of belief; to surmise; to suppose to be true, especially without proof.
  2. To take on a position or duty.
  3. To adopt an idea or cause.

Related terms


authenticate by means of belief
  • Finnish: olettaa
  • French: assumer
  • German: annehmen
  • Italian: presupporre, ritenere
  • Japanese: 仮定する (かていする, kateisuru)
  • Portuguese: supor
  • Spanish: suponer
take on a position
adopt an idea
  • French: assumer
  • German: annehmen
  • Portuguese: admitir
  • Spanish: asumir


Extensive Definition

An assumption is a proposition that is taken for granted, that is, as if it were known to be true.
Assumption may also refer to:
  • In logic, more specifically in the context of natural deduction systems, an assumption is made in the expectation that it will be discharged in due course via a separate argument.
  • Assumption reinsurance, a form of reinsurance whereby the reinsurer is substituted for the ceding insurer and becomes directly liable for policy claims
  • In real property law, an assumption is the mortgage transfer from the seller to the buyer
  • In business planning and business plans, an assumption is an assertion about some characteristic of the future that underlies the current operations or plans of an organization
  • Assumption (Poker), a fictional type of Poker game variation, using Tarot cards instead of traditional playing cards. It appears as a primary plot point in the novel "Last Call" by Tim Powers. Fans of the author often play Assumption when at conventions or writing workshops
assume in German: Assumption
assume in French: Assomption (homonymie)
assume in Polish: Assumption (ujednoznacznienie)
assume in Finnish: Oletus

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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