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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
assume (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to take up or in - receive
b) to take into partnership, employment, or use
2.
a) to take to or upon oneself - undertake assume responsibility
b) - put on don
c) to place oneself in - assume a position
3.
- seize usurp assume control
4.
to pretend to have or be - feign assumed an air of confidence in spite of her dismay
5.
to take as granted or true - suppose I assume he'll be there
6.
to take over (the debts of another) as one's own
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
assume (verb)
1.
to take to or upon oneself
SYNONIMS:
accept, bear, shoulder, take over, undertake
RELATED WORDS:
adopt, embrace, take up; advocate, back, champion, endorse ( indorse), espouse, stand by, support, uphold; accede, acquiesce, agree, assent, consent; reaccept, reassume
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abjure, recant, renounce, retract, take back, unsay, withdraw; decline, refuse, reject, spurn, turn down; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from); avoid, bypass, detour; abandon, abnegate, forsake, give up, relinquish, spurn, surrender; back down, back off, backtrack
disavow, disclaim, disown, repudiate
assume (verb)
2.
to take as true or as a fact without actual proof
SYNONIMS:
hypothecate, hypothesize, postulate, premise, presume, presuppose, say, suppose
RELATED WORDS:
accept, believe, credit, swallow; conclude, deduce, gather, infer, judge, take; conjecture, figure, guess, reckon [], surmise, suspect, suspicion [], think; conceive, dream, fancy, imagine, perceive, preconceive; speculate, theorize; affirm, allege, assert, aver, avouch, avow, claim, contend, declare, insist, maintain, profess
take for granted
NEAR ANTONYMS:
challenge, controvert, disagree (with), disbelieve, discount, discredit, dispute, distrust, doubt, mistrust, question, wonder (about); deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, reject, repudiate; belie, confute, disprove, rebut, refute
assume (verb)
3.
to form an opinion from little or no evidence
SYNONIMS:
assume, conjecture, daresay, imagine, presume, speculate, suppose, surmise, suspect, suspicion
RELATED WORDS:
conclude, deduce, gather, infer; hypothecate, hypothesize, theorize; believe, conceive, expect, judge, reckon [], take, think
NEAR ANTONYMS:
demonstrate, document, establish, prove, substantiate, validate; ascertain, determine, find out, learn
assume (verb)
4.
to present a false appearance of
SYNONIMS:
act, affect, assume, bluff, counterfeit, dissemble, fake, pass (for), pretend, profess, put on, sham, simulate
RELATED WORDS:
dissimulate, impersonate, let on, masquerade, play, playact, pose; forge, imitate; camouflage, conceal, disguise, mask; feint; malinger
assume (verb)
5.
to provide with a paying job
SYNONIMS:
assume, engage, fee, hire, lay on, pay, place, recruit, retain, sign (up on), take on
RELATED WORDS:
reemploy, reengage, rehire; apprentice, contract, job, partner, subcontract; enlist; advance, promote, upgrade; keep (on); headhunt, scout
NEAR ANTONYMS:
furlough, lay off, lock out
ax ( axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack
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