Today’s word of the day exercise is
This is one of those words that means “believe” or “think”. It is though used in a special way as it is used when you have no evidence – a more academic guess! It is closely linked to presume and presumption.
It can also be used in other senses too. One particularly useful phrase being assume control – meaning to take control.
Forms of the word
assume a verb
assuming a conjunction
assumed an adjective
assumption a noun
Using the word
make: It would be unwise to make the assumption that everyone wants to live in the city. [note the use of unwise here]
easy: An easy assumption to make is that road traffic will continue to increase, but there is evidence that it may in fact fall. [note that if you make an easy assumption – you may be wrong!]
based on: This is based on the assumption that the world’s population will continue to grow.
that: Assuming that immigration will continue to increase, some controls will need to be introduced. [Assuming that here is close to if in meaning]
control/command: Central government needs to assume control of educational services to ensure that a uniform standard is maintained.