) KEY TRANSITIVE VERB: as·sumed
- To take upon oneself: assume responsibility; assume another's debts.
- To undertake the duties of (an office): assumed the presidency.
- To take on; adopt: "The god assumes a human form" (John Ruskin).
- To put on; don: The queen assumed a velvet robe.
- To affect the appearance or possession of; feign.
- To take for granted; suppose: assumed that prices would rise. See Synonyms at presume.
- To take over without justification; seize: assume control.
- To take up or receive into heaven.
Middle English assumen
, from Latin assmere
, to take
; see em-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:as·suma·bili·ty(Noun)