assume the position


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assume the position

1. To take over the role and responsibilities of a particular job. My boss wants me to assume the position of treasurer this year, but I don't know if I want the extra workload.
2. A command issued by US law enforcement officers, meaning to stand with one's back to the officer and hold one's arms in a position to be either handcuffed or frisked. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I knew I was in trouble when they asked me out of the car, but I knew I was going to jail when they told me to assume the position.
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Yamaki will resign as representative director and executive vice president and assume the position of advisor He will resign as director and advisor effective the date of the next ordinary general meeting of shareholders, to be held in June 2012.
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi (current position: director and executive officer); Mr Nakanishi will also assume the positions of president and CEO.