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as·sume

assume

 
 
pronunciation:
sum
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part of speech: verb
inflections: assumes, assuming, assumed
definition 1: to suppose (something) to be true without knowing the actual facts; take for granted.
We assumed school would be closed because of the blizzard, so we made plans to go sledding.
 
synonyms:
presume, suppose
similar words:
imagine
definition 2: to take on as one's own duty, job, or appearance; adopt.
She assumed the post of mayor one month after the election.
synonyms:
adopt, undertake
similar words:
accept, bear, shoulder
definition 3: to put on in a false way; pretend.
She was nervous, but she assumed a relaxed manner.
synonyms:
affect, feign
similar words:
imitate, impersonate, mimic
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The word assume contains the following part:
as- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix as- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with an "s" sound, such as "sent" and "cert." See ad-.