Definition of assume in English:
- Obviously the police haven't confirmed yet whether the guy was involved in yesterday's bombings, but I suppose one can reasonably assume that he was.
- After all, it refers to a standard of proof that assumes innocence until guilt is proven.
- At least, I assume it was supposed to be amusing, because I glanced once at it, and burned the foul thing as soon as decency allowed.
- The overall goal of these institutions is to prepare each generation to assume the obligations and responsibilities of a productive citizen.
- Marriage exists because people must take responsibility for childcare and assume economic obligations.
- It eloquently sums up the entire philosophy behind choosing to assume the duty and responsibility of carrying a weapon.
- In return, Britain promised to support Thailand against any attempts by a third power to assume control in the Malay Peninsula.
- The hijackers assumed the controls of the Boeing 757, cruising in the airspace near the capital.
- The game had swung back in their favour and they looked like assuming control.
- However, the underlying fact remains that the area is in the grip of a severe water contamination problem which is threatening to assume epidemic proportions in the coming days.
- At first there is a case here and there, then suddenly this infectious intestinal disease assumes epidemic proportions.
- It is that last hazard that has assumed epidemic proportions recently.
- Indeed, even the most wretched of mortals would not dare to falsely assume the identity of the Father of Life!
- She figured that it would be best to assume a fake name, in case someone was truly searching for them still.
- Fleeing to London in 1773, he assumed the name Barrington and made his living as a gentleman pickpocket and thief.
late Middle English: from Latin assumere, from ad- 'toward' + sumere 'take'.
The word comes from Latin assumere formed from ad ‘towards’ and sumere ‘take, take up’. Sumere also gives us, from the same period consume ‘take up together’; presume ‘take before’ hence ‘take for granted’; and resume ‘take back’.
- Example sentences
- The brothers resemble each other strikingly, both with weathered yet handsome, angular features, assumedly a product of their Danish ancestry and years of sun, sea salt, and smoking.
- Angry and frustrated by his father's unwillingness to share the assumedly banal truth about his life, the son sets off to find the real story and discovers that his father's tales were not as fanciful as he had thought.
- There is more cinematic product coming out of Hollywood nowadays than there are spaces in theatres (and, assumedly, the public's imagination).
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