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Subsume vs. Assume

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Subsume

Include or absorb (something) in something else
Most of these phenomena can be subsumed under two broad categories
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Assume

To take for granted; suppose
The study assumes that prices will rise.
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Subsume

To classify or include in a more comprehensive category or under a general principle
"When late eighteenth-century Americans spoke of politics, they referred to a broad set of principles that they subsumed under the heading of republicanism" (Eric Foner).
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Assume

To take upon oneself (a duty or obligation)
Assume responsibility.
Assume another's debts.
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Subsume

To absorb (something) into or cause (something) to be overshadowed by something else
"The moment's regret was subsumed in the needs of the next moment" (Diana Gabaldon).
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Assume

To undertake the duties of (an office)
Assumed the presidency.
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Subsume

To place (any one cognition) under another as belonging to it; to include or contain something else.
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Assume

To take on (an appearance, role, or form, for example); adopt
"The god assumes a human form" (John Ruskin).
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Subsume

To consider an occurrence as part of a principle or rule; to colligate
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Assume

To pretend to have; feign
Assume an air of authority.
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Subsume

To take up into or under, as individual under species, species under genus, or particular under universal; to place (any one cognition) under another as belonging to it; to include under something else.
To subsume one proposition under another.
A principle under which one might subsume men's most strenuous efforts after righteousness.
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Assume

To take over without justification; seize
Assume control.
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Subsume

Contain or include;
This new system subsumes the old one
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Assume

To clothe oneself in; don
The queen assumed a velvet robe.
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Subsume

Consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle
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Assume

To take up or receive into heaven.
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Assume

To make a supposition; suppose or believe
"Is Kay's husband coming to dinner too?" "I assume so.".
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Assume

To authenticate by means of belief; to surmise; to suppose to be true, especially without proof
We assume that, as her parents were dentists, she knows quite a bit about dentistry.
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Assume

To take on a position, duty or form
Mr. Jones will assume the position of a lifeguard until a proper replacement is found.
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Assume

To adopt a feigned quality or manner; to claim without right; to arrogate
He assumed an air of indifference
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Assume

To receive, adopt (a person)
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Assume

To adopt (an idea or cause)
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Assume

To take to or upon one's self; to take formally and demonstratively; sometimes, to appropriate or take unjustly.
Trembling they stand while Jove assumes the throne.
The god assumed his native form again.
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Assume

To take for granted, or without proof; to suppose as a fact; to suppose or take arbitrarily or tentatively.
The consequences of assumed principles.
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Assume

To pretend to possess; to take in appearance.
Ambition assuming the mask of religion.
Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
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Assume

To receive or adopt.
The sixth was a young knight of lesser renown and lower rank, assumed into that honorable company.
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Assume

To be arrogant or pretentious; to claim more than is due.
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Assume

To undertake, as by a promise.
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Assume

Take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof;
I assume his train was late
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Assume

Take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities;
When will the new President assume office?
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Assume

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
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Assume

Take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person;
I'll accept the charges
She agreed to bear the responsibility
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Assume

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
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Assume

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
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Assume

Make a pretence of;
She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger
He feigned sleep
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Assume

Christianity, obsolete; take up someone's soul into heaven;
This is the day when May was assumed into heaven
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Assume

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
Apr 05, 2019

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