To take to or upon one's self; to take formally and demonstratively; sometimes, to appropriate or take unjustly.
- To take upon oneself: assume responsibility; assume another's debts.
- To undertake the duties of (an office): assumed the presidency.
- To take on; adopt: "The god assumes a human form” ( John Ruskin).
- To put on; don: The queen assumed a velvet robe.
- To affect the appearance or possession of; feign.
- To take for granted; suppose: assumed that prices would rise. See Synonyms at presume.
- To take over without justification; seize: assume control.
- To take up or receive into heaven.