Assume

Definition of Assume

As`sume´
v. t.1.To take to or upon one's self; to take formally and demonstratively; sometimes, to appropriate or take unjustly.
[imp. & p. p. Assumed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Assuming.]
Trembling they stand while Jove assumes the throne.
- Pope.
The god assumed his native form again.
- Pope.
2.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.
3.To pretend to possess; to take in appearance.
Ambition assuming the mask of religion.
- Porteus.
Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
- Shak.
4.To receive or adopt.
The sixth was a young knight of lesser renown and lower rank, assumed into that honorable company.
- Sir W. Scott.
v. i.1.To be arrogant or pretentious; to claim more than is due.
2.(Law) To undertake, as by a promise.

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