- 1 to think or accept that something is true but without having proof of it assume (that)… It is reasonable to assume (that) the economy will continue to improve. Let us assume for a moment that the plan succeeds. She would, he assumed, be home at the usual time. it is assumed (that)… It is generally assumed that stress is caused by too much work. assume something Don't always assume the worst (= that something bad has happened). In this example we have assumed a unit price of $10. assume somebody/something to be/have something I had assumed him to be a Belgian.
- 2assume something (formal) to take or begin to have power or responsibility synonym take on Rebel forces have assumed control of the capital. The court assumed responsibility for the girl's welfare.
- 3assume something (formal) to begin to have a particular quality or appearance synonym take somethingon This matter has assumed considerable importance. In the story the god assumes the form of an eagle.
- 4assume something (formal) to pretend to have a particular feeling or quality synonym put on He assumed an air of concern. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin assumere, from ad-
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BrE BrE//əˈsjuːm//; NAmE NAmE//əˈsuːm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they assume
BrE BrE//əˈsjuːm//; NAmE NAmE//əˈsuːm//he / she / it assumes
BrE BrE//əˈsjuːmz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈsuːmz//past simple assumed
BrE BrE//əˈsjuːmd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈsuːmd//past participle assumed
BrE BrE//əˈsjuːmd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈsuːmd//-ing form assuming
BrE BrE//əˈsjuːmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈsuːmɪŋ//