assume

Assume isn't only used to mean "accept as truth without checking"; it also means "take on the form of." It might be safer if you don't assume that the vampire standing in front of you isn't merely a person assuming that form.

Assume always has the sense of taking on something. It may be the belief in the appearance of truth: Your mother probably assumes you do your homework right after school. It may be another form or identity: Superman assumes the identity of a city reporter. Or, it might be a physical space: If you get nervous while driving, your dad might assume control of the car.

Primary Meanings of assume

1.
v
take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
2.
v
put clothing on one's body
3.
v
make a pretence of
Full Definitions of assume
1

v take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof

“I assume his train was late”
Synonyms:
presume, take for granted
Types:
presuppose, suppose
take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand
posit, postulate
take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom
premise, premiss
take something as preexisting and given
Type of:
anticipate, expect
regard something as probable or likely

v take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

“She assumed strange manners”
“The gods assume human or animal form in these fables”
Synonyms:
acquire, adopt, take, take on
Types:
re-assume
take on again, as after a time lapse
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v occupy or take on

“He assumes the lotus position”
Synonyms:
strike, take, take up
fill, occupy, take
assume, as of positions or roles
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v take on titles, offices, duties, or responsibilities

“When will the new President assume office?”
Synonyms:
adopt, take on, take over
Types:
resume
assume anew
Type of:
take office
assume an office, duty, or title

v 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”
Synonyms:
arrogate, seize, take over, usurp
Types:
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annex
take (territory) as if by conquest
appropriate, capture, conquer, seize
take possession of by force, as after an invasion
preoccupy
occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance
hijack
seize control of
raid
take over (a company) by buying a controlling interest of its stock
carry
capture after a fight
colonise, colonize
settle as a colony; of countries in the developing world
Type of:
take
take by force

v take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

Synonyms:
accept, bear, take over
Types:
carry-the can, face the music
accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions
Type of:
take
take into one's possession

v take up someone's soul into heaven

“This is the day when May was assumed into heaven”
Type of:
invite, receive, take in
express willingness to have in one's home or environs
2

v put clothing on one's body

“The queen assumed the stately robes”
Synonyms:
don, get into, put on, wear
Types:
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hat
put on or wear a hat
try, try on
put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice
scarf
wrap in or adorn with a scarf
slip on
put on with ease or speed
bonnet
dress in a bonnet
Type of:
dress, get dressed
put on clothes
3

v make a pretence of

“She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger”
Synonyms:
feign, sham, simulate
Types:
play
pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
feint
deceive by a mock action
Type of:
act, dissemble, pretend
behave unnaturally or affectedly

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