assume (v.)
acquire, adopt, take on
Ham I.ii.244[Hamlet to all, of the Ghost] If it assume my noble father's person, / I'll speak to it
Ham III.iv.161[Hamlet to Gertrude] Assume a virtue
MV II.ix.51[Arragon to himself] I will assume desert [i.e. claim my deserts]
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