Assume vs. Speculate

Assume vs. Speculate — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Assume and Speculate

Assumeverb

To take for granted; suppose

The study assumes that prices will rise.

Speculateverb

To engage in a course of reasoning often based on inconclusive evidence; conjecture or theorize.

Assumeverb

To take upon oneself (a duty or obligation)

assume responsibility.assume another's debts.

Speculateverb

To engage in the buying or selling of a commodity with an element of risk on the chance of profit.

Assumeverb

To undertake the duties of (an office)

assumed the presidency.

Speculateverb

To assume to be true without conclusive evidence

speculated that high cholesterol was a contributing factor to the patient's health problems.

Assumeverb

To take on (an appearance, role, or form, for example); adopt

"The god assumes a human form" (John Ruskin).

Speculateverb

To think, meditate or reflect on a subject; to consider, to deliberate or cogitate.

Assumeverb

To pretend to have; feign

assume an air of authority.

Speculateverb

(intransitive) To make an inference based on inconclusive evidence; to surmise or conjecture.

Assumeverb

To take over without justification; seize

assume control.

Speculateverb

To make a risky trade in the hope of making a profit; to venture or gamble.

Assumeverb

To clothe oneself in; don

The queen assumed a velvet robe.

Speculateverb

To anticipate which branch of code will be chosen and execute it in advance.

Assumeverb

To take up or receive into heaven.

Speculateverb

to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds;

Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps

Assumeverb

To make a supposition; suppose or believe

"Is Kay's husband coming to dinner too?" "I assume so.".

Speculateverb

talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way and with an element of doubt or without sufficient reason to reach a conclusion;

We were speculating whether the President had to resign after the scandal

Assumeverb

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.

Speculateverb

reflect deeply on a subject;

I mulled over the events of the afternoonphilosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of yearsThe scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate

Assumeverb

to take on a position, duty or form

Mr. Jones will assume the position of a lifeguard until a proper replacement is found.

Speculateverb

invest at a risk;

I bought this house not because I want to live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am speculating

Assumeverb

to adopt a feigned quality or manner

Assumeverb

to receive, adopt

Assumeverb

to adopt an idea or cause

Assumeverb

take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof;

I assume his train was late

Assumeverb

take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities;

When will the new President assume office?

Assumeverb

take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect;

His voice took on a sad toneThe story took a new turnhe adopted an air of superiorityShe assumed strange mannersThe gods assume human or animal form in these fables

Assumeverb

take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person;

I'll accept the chargesShe agreed to bear the responsibility

Assumeverb

occupy or take on;

He assumes the lotus positionShe took her seat on the stageWe took our seats in the orchestraShe took up her position behind the treestrike a pose

Assumeverb

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 townhe usurped my rightsShe seized control of the throne after her husband died

Assumeverb

make a pretence of;

She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with angerhe feigned sleep

Assumeverb

Christianity, obsolete; take up someone's soul into heaven;

This is the day when May was assumed into heaven

Assumeverb

put clothing on one's body;

What should I wear today?He put on his best suit for the weddingThe princess donned a long blue dressThe queen assumed the stately robesHe got into his jeans