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 for Assuming
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Assume \As*sume"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Assumed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Assuming.] [L. assumere; ad + sumere to take; sub +
     emere to take, buy: cf. F. assumer. See Redeem.]
     1. To take to or upon one's self; to take formally and
        demonstratively; sometimes, to appropriate or take
        unjustly.
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              Trembling they stand while Jove assumes the throne.
                                                    --Pope.
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              The god assumed his native form again. --Pope.
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     2. To take for granted, or without proof; to suppose as a
        fact; to suppose or take arbitrarily or tentatively.
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              The consequences of assumed principles. --Whewell.
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     3. To pretend to possess; to take in appearance.
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              Ambition assuming the mask of religion. --Porteus.
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              Assume a virtue, if you have it not.  --Shak.
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     4. To receive or adopt.
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              The sixth was a young knight of lesser renown and
              lower rank, assumed into that honorable company.
                                                    --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     Syn: To arrogate; usurp; appropriate.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Assuming \As*sum"ing\, a.
     Pretentious; taking much upon one's self; presumptuous.
     --Burke.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  assuming
      adj 1: excessively forward; "an assumptive person"; "on a
             subject like this it would be too assuming for me to
             decide"; "the duchess would not put up with presumptuous
             servants" [syn: assumptive, assuming, presumptuous]

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