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assume the mantle

To take, inherit, or receive the responsibilities and duties associated with a certain position or job, especially one regarded as important or powerful. The king led the country for over 60 years; now, his daughter will assume the mantle of the throne.
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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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assume liability for

To take responsible for something, typically a cost or expense. When you signed the contract, you assumed liability for fees like this.
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assume liability for something

to accept the responsibility for paying a cost. Mr. Smith assumed liability for his son's student loans. The store assumed liability for the injured customer's hospital bills.
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*low profile

Fig. a persona or character that does not draw attention. (*Typically: assume ~; have ~; keep ~; give oneself ~.) I try to be quiet and keep a low profile. It's hard because I just love attention.
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In responding to the question, assume that the ownership interest of such tax-exempt entities ranges from 20 to 50 percent of the partnership.
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Clearly, it would be erroneous to assume that because the center layer containing PCR makes up 75% of bottle thickness, the actual PCR content of the bottle is 75%.
Once the risks are identified and quantified, actions to control the risks -- avoid, reduce, prevent, transfer, or assume -- can be adopted.
3a) We assume that the students report that the demands are rather high, but that they are quite satisfied with the demands.
For example, assume that a shareholder organizes a corporation and contributes as its only asset a building with a basis of $50 and a fair market value of $100; the property is subject to a mortgage debt of $90.
Yellen's funny numbers assume that carbon emissions would be reduced merely 3 percent from what it would otherwise be.
While the patient may enjoy substantial health benefits from an unapproved device, he or she must also assume the risks of its uncertain safety and effectiveness.
If we assume the water is initially at 70F (21C), and that all of the water we add to bring the sand temperature down to 212F (100C) evaporates, we can break the problem into two parts:
If a national organization such as the RTC can't find a viable national market for the sale of deposits and core repurchase agreements, why does the FASB assume that a small community bank in a non-metropolitan area has the skills and resources necessary to identify national markets and a national value, especially when the FASB expects valuations to exclude all related intangibles normally associated with depository accounts and core repurchase agreements?
Fitch does assume the receipt of $120 million in mitigation payments for the impact of the construction of Foothill/South, which will be made by the SHJTCA's sister agency the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA) pursuant to a mitigation payment and loan agreement entered into by the two agencies in November 2005.
The estimates in the Figure assume that total infections were much greater than deaths reported to date but not so large that the pool of >20 million persons with the susceptible genotype became noticeably depleted before measures were implemented at the end of 1989 to keep contaminated beef out of the human food supply.
AN IMPORTANT QUESTION REGARDING THE DEDUCTIBILITY of a liability is: Did it arise after the transaction or did the buyer assume the seller's liability?
The media also assume nothing, for players and coaches did not come through last season.