1) to assume, take on proportions

2) epic; epidemic; menacing proportions (the outbreak assumed epidemic proportions)

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take on proportions
menacing proportions (the outbreak assumed epidemic proportions)
['extent'] to assume
['extent'] to assume

Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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