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assume

v. to take over the liability for a debt on a promissory note, which is often done by the buyer of real property which has a secured debt upon it. Example: Bob Buyer pays part of the price of a piece of real property by taking over the debt that Sally Seller had on the property. However, usually the original owner to whom Sally owes the debt must agree to the assumption. (See: assumption)

assume

(Seize), verb accroach, adeem, adopt, adsumere, annex, appropriate, arrogate, commandeer, confiscate, dispossess, distrain, expropriate, help oneself to, make free with, occupare, possess oneself of, rem sibi adrogare, take as one's own, usurp

assume

(Simulate), verb act as, counterfeit, dissemble, dissimulate, don, feign, impersonate, make believe, outtardly seem, pass for, personate, play the part, pose as, pretend to be, profess, put on deceitfully, represent as, take the part of, take the semblance of

assume

(Suppose), verb be inclined to think, be of the opinion, conclude, conjecture, consider, deduce, deem true, divine, draw the inference, find probable, gather, have an idea that, hold the opinion, infer, predicate, premise, presuppose, suspect, take for granted, take without proof, theorize, think credible, think likely, think probable

assume

(Undertake), verb accept, accept an obligation, attempt, attend to, be willing to bear, become responsible for, begin, broach, commit oneself, contract, contract for, embark upon, engage, enter upon, incur a duty, manage, proceed to, pursue, set about, shoulder, suscipere, take care of, take charge, take on oneself, take up, venture upon
Associated concepts: assume a debt, assume a lease, assume a mortgage, assume responsibility, assumed name, assumed risk
See also: accede, accept, accroach, acquire, adopt, annex, anticipate, appropriate, arrogate, collect, condemn, confiscate, conjecture, copy, deduce, deduct, deem, embrace, endeavor, expect, forejudge, gain, generalize, guess, impropriate, incur, occupy, opine, posit, postulate, preconceive, preempt, presume, presuppose, pretend, receive, secure, seize, speculate, succeed, surmise, suspect, takeover, think, trust, undertake, usurp
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The tone which he assumes towards them is one of real friendliness, but also of concealed irony.
That the whole difficulty already assumes practical shape; but with added dangers, that at first I did not imagine.
I mention this small episode because it assumes some importance in view of the tragedy which followed, but I was convinced at the time that the matter was entirely trivial and that his excitement had no justification.
and see visions of Old Bailey trials and halters as the only possible outcome of such reckless dissipation; and the prediction of his first school-master, that he would come to a bad end, assumes the proportions of inspired prophecy.
He assumes the characteristic Platonic view that all men seek the good, and go wrong through ignorance, not through evil will, and so he naturally regards the state as a community which exists for the sake of the good life.
In this region, in the month of June, American travelers are extremely numerous; it may be said, indeed, that Vevey assumes at this period some of the characteristics of an American watering place.
They will arrest him yet unless he assumes an expression of countenance that shall have less of carnage, insurrection and sedition in it.
Criticism is infested with a cant of materialism, which assumes that manual skill and activity is the first merit of all men, and disparages such as say and do not, overlooking the fact that some men, namely poets, are natural sayers, sent into the world to the end of expression, and confounds them with those whose province is action but who quit it to imitate the sayers.
High above his head he held the spear, as though in the act to strike; one bony hand rested on the stone table before him, in the position a man assumes on rising from his seat, whilst his frame was bent forward so that the vertebrae of the neck and the grinning, gleaming skull projected towards us, and fixed its hollow eye-places upon us, the jaws a little open, as though it were about to speak.
Combined with this is the fact that of recent years the people, and especially many of the younger warriors, have evinced a growing affection for me, which I attribute to certain virtues of character and training derived from my mother, but which O-Tar assumes to be the result of an ambition upon my part to occupy the throne of Manator.
Constitutional laziness, in some young ladies, assumes an invalid character, and presents the interesting spectacle of perpetual convalescence.
That is the disguise that curiosity usually assumes to evade resentment.