ASSU'ME, verb transitive [Latin assumo, of ad and sumo, to take.]
1. To take or take upon one. If differs from receive, in not implying an offer to give.
The God assumed his native form again.
2. To take what is not just; to take with arrogant claims; to arrogate; to seize unjustly; as, to assume haughty airs; to assume unwarrantable powers.
3. To take for granted, or without proof; to suppose as a fact; as, to assume a principle in reasoning.
4. To appropriate, or take to one's self; as, to assume the debts of another.
5. To take what is fictitious; to pretend to possess; to take in appearance; as, to assume the garb of humility.
ASSUME, verb intransitive
1. To be arrogant; to claim more than is due.
2. In law, to take upon one's self an obligation; to undertake or promise; as, A assumed upon himself, and promised to pay.