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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

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
George Orwell

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

Every economy exists, no matter what the level of democracy, has elements of crony capitalism. It's - given human nature and given the democratic structures, which we all, I assume, adhere to, that is an inevitable consequence.
Alan Greenspan

We know we cannot underestimate the importance of emergency planning in our region, nor can we assume we'll have ample warning time. If an earthquake or terrorist attack hits, we won't necessarily have advance alerts or opportunities to double- and triple-check our plans.
Ellen Tauscher

Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.
Marcus Aurelius
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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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