Crossword clues for assume
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Assume \As*sume"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assumed; p. pr. & vb. n. Assuming.] [L. assumere; ad + sumere to take; sub + emere to take, buy: cf. F. assumer. See Redeem.]
To take to or upon one's self; to take formally and demonstratively; sometimes, to appropriate or take unjustly.
Trembling they stand while Jove assumes the throne.
The god assumed his native form again.
To take for granted, or without proof; to suppose as a fact; to suppose or take arbitrarily or tentatively.
The consequences of assumed principles.
To pretend to possess; to take in appearance.
Ambition assuming the mask of religion.
Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
To receive or adopt.
The sixth was a young knight of lesser renown and lower rank, assumed into that honorable company.
--Sir W. Scott.
Syn: To arrogate; usurp; appropriate.
Assume \As*sume"\, v. i.
To be arrogant or pretentious; to claim more than is due.
(Law) To undertake, as by a promise.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 15c., assumpten "to receive up into heaven" (especially of the Virgin Mary), also assumen "to arrogate," from Latin assumere, adsumere "to take up, take to oneself, take besides, obtain in addition," from ad- "to, up" (see ad-) + sumere "to take," from sub "under" (see sub-) + emere "to take" (see exempt (adj.)).\n
\nMeaning "to suppose, to take for granted as the basis of argument" is first recorded 1590s; that of "to take or put on (an appearance, etc.)" is from c.1600. Related: Assumed; assuming. Early past participle was assumpt. In rhetorical usage, assume expresses what the assumer postulates, often as a confessed hypothesis; presume expresses what the presumer really believes.
vb. To authenticate by means of belief; to surmise; to suppose to be true, especially without proof.
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]
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]
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]
Christianity, obsolete; take up someone's soul into heaven; "This is the day when May was assumed into heaven"
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]
Usage examples of "assume".
On the morning Washington departed Philadelphia to assume command at Boston, he and others of the Massachusetts delegation had traveled a short way with the general and his entourage, to a rousing accompaniment of fifes and drums, Adams feeling extremely sorry for himself for having to stay behind to tend what had become the unglamorous labors of Congress.
This, of course, assumes that our accomplice knew of these parties in advance.
Always assuming that my lady the Marquise has reported accurately, there are other possible diagnoses.
All-Soul, but dwelling within it and assuming body therein, while the others received their allotted spheres when the body was already in existence, when their sister soul was already in rule and, as it were, had already prepared habitations for them.
I was the one who assumed the bags for the Birth Center ambulance were stored in their warehouse.
It is a more easy task to provoke the metaphysical disputes of the Greeks, to drive into the cloister the victims of anarchy or despotism, to sanctify the patience of slaves and cowards, or to assume the merit of the humanity and benevolence of modern Christians.
Henry was much pleased with the election, the pope, who thought that prelate too much attached to the crown, assumed the power of annulling his election.
Assume you have the flu unless: Anthrax exposure or cases are reported in your community.
No one will think twice about an antiquarian vicar assisting a paid companion, assuming they even hear of it.
The principle, applicable to both federal and State courts, that the Court first assuming jurisdiction over property may maintain and exercise that jurisdiction to the exclusion of the other, was held not to be confined to cases where the property has actually been seized under judicial process, but applies as well to suits brought for marshalling assets, administering trusts, or liquidating estates and to suits of a similar nature, where to give effect to its jurisdiction the Court must control the property.
Congress appropriated money to pay counsel on both sides of the argument, the Court passed on the constitutionality of the carriage tax and sustained it as valid, and in so doing tacitly assumed that it had the power to review Congressional acts.
Though these modes can be appropriately used only occasionally, nevertheless they are of great value to the reader, and the voice should be trained to assume them whenever necessary.
Reviewers who could see no structure in the book assumed its author must have sacrificed architectonic considerations for local pleasures.
Laedo assumed its orbital speed was controlled artificially, rather than dictated by the equally artificial gravity of its primary.
The most active and successful of the Plebeians accumulated wealth, aspired to honors, deserved triumphs, contracted alliances, and, after some generations, assumed the pride of ancient nobility.