1 accept, adopt, take, use, employ; arrogate, appropriate, take over or up, undertake:
Who will assume the leadership of the party?
2 take on (oneself), take upon (oneself), put or try on, don, adopt; acquire:
Whenever she delivered the information, she assumed the disguise of an old man. That trivial dispute has assumed gargantuan proportions.
3 presume, suppose, believe, fancy, expect, think, presuppose, take, take for granted, surmise, Chiefly US guess:
When I saw the knife in his hand, I assumed the chef was going to slice a lemon. The king assumed he had the cooperation of Parliament.
4 pretend to, feign, sham, counterfeit, simulate, sham, affect, fake:
Though she cared deeply, she assumed a devil-may-care attitude.
I automatically assumed that you knew about this.
| reasonably, safely
I think we can safely assume that this situation will continue.
VERB + ASSUME
can, might | tend to | be fair to, be reasonable to, be safe to
It is reasonable to assume that the economy will continue to improve.
| be a mistake to, be wrong to | be easy to
It's all too easy to assume that people know what they are doing.
let us assume
Let us assume for a moment that the plan succeeds.
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