tr.v. as·sumed, as·sum·ing, as·sumes
1. To take upon oneself: assume responsibility; assume another’s debts
2. To undertake the duties of (an office): assumed the presidency
3. To put on; don: The queen assumed a velvet robe.
4. To take for granted; suppose: assumed that prices would rise.
5. To take over without justification; seize: assume control.