from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Taken up or used so as to deceive; pretended: an assumed name.
  • adj. Taken for granted; supposed: an assumed increase in population.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of assume.
  • adj. Used in a manner intended to deceive; fictitious.
  • adj. Supposed or presumed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Supposed.
  • adj. Pretended; hypocritical; make-believe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. adopted in order to deceive


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  • A distinction of the canonists has been assumed by those who have used the word with most precision -- _assumed_, though it is by no means a simple and indisputable one.

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  • Late in the century, with the eruption of the American and French revolutions, the phrase assumed democratic overtones.

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  • Religion: the name assumed by the Hindu goddess Devi.

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  • In the later “Gespräch über die Poesie” (1800), however, the term assumed again its concrete historical meaning: Shakespeare is characterized as laying the foundation of romantic drama and the romantic is found also in Cervantes, in Italian poetry, “in the age of chivalry, love, and fairy tales, whence the thing and the word are de - rived.”


  • If the Musæ Exulantes, [The title assumed by them, in the preface to the Latin translation of Cato.] in the swamps of Bruges, could produce an elegant and nervous translation of Cato, will their notes be less strong or less sweet in their native land?

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  • The Weber Minstrels is the title assumed by some gentlemen of this city, who intend to give concerts here and elsewhere.

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  • The title assumed by the Roman emperors after Julius Caesar.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • A second pair of gates suggested the idea that it was a prison into which we were being carried; but when we came in sight of a large tablet, with the inscription "_Ming chï fu mu_" (the father and mother of the people), we felt that we had been conveyed to the right place; this being the title assumed by the mandarins.

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  • Christos, the title assumed by the Johannite Pontiffs, 817-u.

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  • But we will let the knight of Malta, for such was the title assumed by the ruffler, tell his own story in his own way hereafter; contenting ourselves with the moral precepts we have already deduced from it.



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