[[t]əsju͟ːm, AM əsu͟ːm[/t]]
assumes, assuming, assumed
1) VERB If you assume that something is true, you imagine that it is true, sometimes wrongly.

[V that] It is a misconception to assume that the two continents are similar...

[V that] If the package is wrapped well, we assume the contents are also wonderful...

[be V-ed to-inf] If mistakes occurred, they were assumed to be the fault of the commander on the spot...

[V so] `Today?' - `I'd assume so, yeah.'

2) VERB If someone assumes power or responsibility, they take power or responsibility.

[V n] Mr Cross will assume the role of Chief Executive with a team of four directors...

[V n] If there is no president, power will be assumed by the most extremist forces.

3) VERB If something assumes a particular quality, it begins to have that quality.

[V n] In his dreams, the mountains assumed enormous importance.

4) VERB If you assume a particular expression or way of behaving, you start to look or behave in this way.

[V n] He contented himself by assuming an air of superiority...

[V n] Prue assumed a placatory tone of voice.

5) PHRASE: PHR that You can use let us assume or let's assume when you are considering a possible situation or event, so that you can think about the consequences.
See also assuming

Let us assume those clubs actually win something. Then players will receive large bonuses...

Let's assume for a moment that I am a litigant in your court.

English dictionary. 2008.


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