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Definition of Assume


  1. To take to or upon one's self; to take formally and demonstratively; sometimes, to appropriate or take unjustly.
  2. To take for granted, or without proof; to suppose as a fact; to suppose or take arbitrarily or tentatively.
  3. To pretend to possess; to take in appearance.
  4. To receive or adopt.
  5. To be arrogant or pretentious; to claim more than is due.
  6. To undertake, as by a promise.

Assume Quotations

Since our society equates happiness with youth, we often assume that sorrow, quiet desperation, and hopelessness go hand in hand with getting older. They don't. Emotional pain or numbness are symptoms of living the wrong life, not a long life.
Martha Beck

We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.
Eric Hoffer

All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization.
Abraham Maslow

I think a lot of times we don't pay enough attention to people with a positive attitude because we assume they are naive or stupid or unschooled.
Amy Adams

Intolerance is the most socially acceptable form of egotism, for it permits us to assume superiority without personal boasting.
Sydney J. Harris
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Assume Translations

assume in French is assumez, assument, assumer, assumons
assume in German is unterstellen
assume in Latin is vindico (vindicatum)
assume in Norwegian is anta
assume in Spanish is presumir, emprender
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