Synonyms of assume
1 presumeDictionary • It is a mistake to assume that the two are similar.
presume • I presume you're here on business.
think • I think he'll do a great job for us.
believe • I believe you have something of mine.
expect • We expect the talks will continue until tomorrow.
suppose • The problem was more complex than he supposed.
imagine • I imagine you're referring to me.
suspect • I suspect they were right.
guess (informal, mainly US, Canadian) • I can only guess what it cost him to tell you the truth.
take it • I take it you're a friend of theirs.
fancy • She fancied he was trying to hide a smile.
take for granted
infer • I inferred from what she said that you have not been well.
conjecture • This may or may not be true; we are all conjecturing here.
postulate (formal) • Freud postulated that we all have a death instinct.
surmise • He surmised that he had discovered one of the illegal streets.
presuppose • All your arguments presuppose that he is a rational man.
2 take onDictionary • He will assume the role of Chief Executive.
accept • Everyone told me I should accept the job.
bear • She should bear that responsibility alone.
shoulder • He has to shoulder the consequences of his father's mistakes.
embrace • He embraces the new information age.
undertake • She undertook the arduous task of monitoring the elections.
take responsibility for
3 simulateDictionary • He assumed an air of superiority.
simulate • They rolled about, simulating a bloodthirsty fight.
affect • He listened to them, affecting an amused interest.
adopt • Pupils should be helped to adopt a positive approach.
imitate • a precedent which may be imitated by other activists
mimic • He could mimic anybody, reducing his friends to helpless laughter.
counterfeit • He is alleged to have counterfeited video cassettes.
feign • You can't feign interest in something you loathe.
4 take overDictionary • If there is no president, power will be assumed by extremist forces.
appropriate • Several other newspapers have appropriated the idea.
acquire • The company acquired a 50% stake in Saab for $4m.
seize • Police were reported to have seized all copies of the newspaper.
hijack • Two men tried to hijack a plane on a flight from Riga to Murmansk.
confiscate • They confiscated weapons, ammunition and propaganda material.
usurp • Did she usurp his place in his mother's heart?
lay claim to
pre-empt • The French government has the right to pre-empt a piece sold at auction.
commandeer • The soldiers commandeered vehicles in the capital.
requisition • The vessel was requisitioned by the British Navy.
expropriate (formal) • The Bolsheviks expropriated the property of the landowners.
arrogate • He arrogated the privilege to himself alone.
, give up
, hand over
, put aside
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• Everyone told me I should accept the job.
• The company acquired a 50% stake in Saab for $4m.
come into possession of
come into possession of
adoptIf you adopt a new attitude, plan, or way of behaving, you begin to have it.
• Pupils should be helped to adopt a positive approach.
Thesaurus for assume from the Collins English Thesaurus