assuming [uh-soo-ming] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for assuming on adjective

  1. taking too much for granted; presumptuous.

Origin of assuming First recorded in 1595–1605; assume + -ing2 Related formsas·sum·ing·ly, adverbself-as·sum·ing, adjective assume [uh-soom] verb (used with object), as·sumed, as·sum·ing.

  1. to take for granted or without proof: to assume that everyone wants peace.
  2. to take upon oneself; undertake: to assume an obligation.
  3. to take over the duties or responsibilities of: to assume the office of treasurer.
  4. to take on (a particular character, quality, mode of life, etc.); adopt: He assumed the style of an aggressive go-getter.
  5. to take on; be invested or endowed with: The situation assumed a threatening character.
  6. to pretend to have or be; feign: to assume a humble manner.
  7. to appropriate or arrogate; seize; usurp: to assume a right to oneself; to assume control.
  8. to take upon oneself (the debts or obligations of another).
  9. Archaic. to take into relation or association; adopt.

verb (used without object), as·sumed, as·sum·ing.

  1. to take something for granted; presume.

Origin of assume 1400–50; late Middle English (Anglo-French assumer) Latin assūmere to take to, adopt, equivalent to as- as- + sūmere to take up; see consume Related formsas·sum·er, nouno·ver·as·sume, verb (used with object), o·ver·as·sumed, o·ver·as·sum·ing.pre·as·sume, verb (used with object), pre·as·sumed, pre·as·sum··as·sume, verb (used with object), re·as·sumed, re·as·sum·ing.Synonym study 6. assume, Pretend, affect, feign imply an attempt to create a false appearance. To assume is to take on or put on a specific outward appearance, often (but not always) with intent to deceive: to assume an air of indifference. To pretend is to create an imaginary characteristic or to play a part: to pretend sorrow. To affect is to make a consciously artificial show of having qualities that one thinks would look well and impress others: to affect shyness. To feign implies using ingenuity in pretense, and some degree of imitation of appearance or characteristics: to feign surprise. Related Words for assuming forward, domineering, overbearing, bold, conceited, disdainful, egotistic, haughty, imperious, pushy, rude Examples from the Web for assuming Contemporary Examples of assuming

  • But assuming things were ever that hopeful, heaven was short-lived, and trouble followed.

    The Sydney Astrologer Turned Islamic Radical

    Jacob Siegel

    December 16, 2014

  • A French sales clerk hovers over Mariame, as if assuming she is shoplifting because she is black and from the projects.

    ‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects

    Molly Hannon

    November 25, 2014

  • What ISIS can do with the drone, assuming one is in their hands, is an open question.

    ISIS: We Nabbed an Iranian Drone

    Jacob Siegel

    November 17, 2014

  • Assuming he sticks it out, the election will be thrown into the Vermont state house, where Democrats have a sizeable advantage.

    What the Hell Happened in Vermont?!

    Stuart Stevens

    November 13, 2014

  • Assuming that members of Congress who live in D.C. are adults, they, too, will be permitted to get stoned at their leisure.

    Can Congress Get Stoned Now That D.C. Has Legalized Marijuana?

    Abby Haglage

    November 5, 2014

  • Historical Examples of assuming

  • You are assuming that the child does not know its own business, and that you do.

    A Treatise on Parents and Children

    George Bernard Shaw

  • The danger lies in assuming that we shall get on any better.

    A Treatise on Parents and Children

    George Bernard Shaw

  • Assuming the truth of those statements, I apply to you for information.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 15, July 9, 1870


  • The horizon was growing indistinct, assuming a mud-colored tinge as it were.


    Emile Zola

  • “Because,” she replied slowly, assuming a doctorial expression.

    Nana, The Miller’s Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille

    Emile Zola

  • British Dictionary definitions for assuming assuming adjective

    1. expecting too much; presumptuous; arrogant


    1. (often foll by that) if it is assumed or taken for granted (that)even assuming he understands the problem, he will never take any action

    assume verb (tr)

    1. (may take a clause as object) to take for granted; accept without proof; supposeto assume that someone is sane
    2. to take upon oneself; undertake or take on or over (a position, responsibility, etc)to assume office
    3. to pretend to; feignhe assumed indifference, although the news affected him deeply
    4. to take or put on; adoptthe problem assumed gigantic proportions
    5. to appropriate or usurp (power, control, etc); arrogatethe revolutionaries assumed control of the city
    6. Christianity (of God) to take up (the soul of a believer) into heaven

    Derived Formsassumable, adjectiveassumer, nounWord Origin for assume C15: from Latin assūmere to take up, from sūmere to take up, from sub- + emere to take Word Origin and History for assuming assume v.

    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.

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