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. Pope.

The god assumed his native form again. Pope.


To take for granted, or without proof; to suppose as a fact; to suppose or take arbitrarily or tentatively.

The consequences of assumed principles. Whewell.


To pretend to possess; to take in appearance.

Ambition assuming the mask of religion. Porteus.

Assume a virtue, if you have it not. Shak.


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.


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As*sume", v. i.


To be arrogant or pretentious; to claim more than is due.

Bp. Burnet.

2. Law

To undertake, as by a promise.



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