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[ uh-soom ]SEE DEFINITION OF assumes
  • verbbelieve, take for granted
  • verbtake, undertake
  • verbpretend
  • verbadopt, acquire

Synonyms for assumes

  • accept
  • conclude
  • consider
  • estimate
  • expect
  • guess
  • infer
  • presume
  • speculate
  • suspect
  • think
  • understand
  • ascertain
  • conjecture
  • deduce
  • deem
  • divine
  • fancy
  • find
  • gather
  • hypothesize
  • imagine
  • judge
  • posit
  • postulate
  • predicate
  • presuppose
  • suppose
  • surmise
  • theorize
  • be afraid
  • be inclined to think
  • count upon
  • fall for
  • get the idea
  • have a hunch
  • have sneaking suspicion

Antonyms for assumes

  • abstain
  • disbelieve
  • discard
  • disregard
  • forget
  • ignore
  • misunderstand
  • neglect
  • reject
  • calculate
  • know
  • prove
  • doubt
  • leave
  • let alone
  • not believe
  • not do
  • not take
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It assumes to be prophetical, and its utterances are oracular.

I can but write according to the shape he assumes at the time.

The child, becoming in time a parent, assumes a parent's debt.

Bunyan conceals nothing, assumes nothing, and exaggerates nothing.

The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley.

Paolo, taking possession of the duchy, assumes the title of governor.

He assumes that the lettering which borders the bodice in this drawing—ALS.

It is in this guise that Islam assumes the rle of a universal religion.

It assumes that if you do not crush your opponent first, he will crush you.

She makes her husband invisible, while she assumes the form of a woodman.


early 15c., assumpten "to receive up into heaven" (especially of the Virgin Mary), also assumen "to arrogate," from Latin assumere "to take up, take to oneself," from ad- "to, up" (see ad-) + sumere "to take," from sub "under" + emere "to take" (see exempt (adj.)).

Meaning "to suppose, to take for granted as the basis of argument" is first recorded 1590s; that of "to take or put on (an appearance, etc.)" is from c.1600. Related: Assumed; assuming. Early past participle was assumpt. In rhetorical usage, assume expresses what the assumer postulates, often as a confessed hypothesis; presume expresses what the presumer really believes.