take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
I assume his train was late
take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
When will the new President assume office?
take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
His voice took on a sad tone|The story took a new turn|he adopted an air of superiority|She assumed strange manners|The gods assume human or animal form in these fables
take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
I'll accept the charges|She agreed to bear the responsibility
Synonym: take over, bear, accept
occupy or take on
He assumes the lotus position|She took her seat on the stage|We took our seats in the orchestra|She took up her position behind the tree|strike a pose
Synonym: take up, take, strike
seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town|he usurped my rights|She seized control of the throne after her husband died
make a pretence of
She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger|he feigned sleep
Synonym: feign, sham, simulate
take up someone's soul into heaven
This is the day when Mary was assumed into heaven
put clothing on one's body
What should I wear today?|He put on his best suit for the wedding|The princess donned a long blue dress|The queen assumed the stately robes|He got into his jeans
Synonym: don, get into, put on, wear