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presume

Verb

1 take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof; "I assume his train was late" [syn: assume, take for granted]
2 take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission; "How dare you call my lawyer?" [syn: make bold, dare]
3 constitute reasonable evidence for; "A restaurant bill presumes the consumption of food"
4 take liberties or act with too much confidence

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To assume true in the absence of contrary proof.
    You are presumed to be innocent until found guilty.
  2. To give some evidence of.
    Paw prints in the snow presume a visit from next door's cat.
  3. To dare without permission.
    He presumed to hire a personal secretary.
  4. To take liberties.
    Don't make the decision yourself and presume too much.
  5. To suppose.
    That's the new coffee machine, I presume.

Derived terms

Translations

to suppose
  • Basque: uste izan
  • Finnish: otaksua
  • German: annehmen, mutmaßen, vermuten

Italian

Verb form

presume
  1. third-person singular indicative present of presumere

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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