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    assume

    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask about the meaning of "assume" in the following sentence:

    Experiments with the quartz crystals seemed to assume a relationship between the torsion field and the distortion of time.


    Does "assume" implies as follows: Experiments with the quartz crystals seemed to make one think that perhaps there was a relationship between the torsion field and the distortion of time?


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    Re: assume

    I think your interpetation is fairly good.

    To assume is to take as true without real evidence or proof.

    I think, in the example sentence, assume could be replaced with suggest.

    The experiments suggested, gave the impression, and led to the assumption, of a particular effect or result; however the outcome was not considered entirely conclusive.

    If the outcome had provided conclusive evidence, the sentence would perhaps read

    Experiments with the quartz crystals conclusively proved a relationship between the torsion field and the distortion of time.

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