One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I assumed he wanted me to keep the book’
presume, suppose, take it, take for granted, take as read, take it as given, presuppose, conjecture, surmise, conclude, come to the conclusion, deduce, infer, draw the inference, reckon, reason, guess, imagine, think, fancy, suspect, expect, accept, believe, be of the opinion, understand, be given to understand, gather, glean
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2‘he had assumed a stage Southern accent’
feign, fake, put on, simulate, counterfeit, sham, affect, adopt, impersonate
3‘the disease may assume epidemic proportions’
acquire, take on, adopt, come to have
4‘the children are to assume as much responsibility as possible’
accept, shoulder, bear, undertake, take on, take up, take on oneself, manage, handle, deal with, get to grips with, turn one's hand to
5‘Edward I used the conflict to assume control of Scotland’
seize, take, take possession of, take over, take away, appropriate, commandeer, expropriate, confiscate, requisition, hijack, wrest, usurp, pre-empt, arrogate to oneself, help oneself to, claim, lay claim to
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