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presume

pre·sume

presume

 
 
pronunciation:
prih zum
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: presumed, presumes, presuming
definition 1: to take as a matter of fact without questioning or without proof; take for granted; assume.
He presumed that his girlfriend would help him with the project.She was wearing a white coat, so I presumed she was the doctor.
synonyms:
assume, imagine, postulate, presuppose
similar words:
believe, conjecture, expect, gather, guess, hypothesize, imply, posit, suppose, suspect
definition 2: to take on (some action) without authority or invitation.
He presumed to seat himself next to the guest of honor.She was annoyed that her mother presumed to throw out her old pair of jeans.
similar words:
dare, venture
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to take something as a matter of fact without questioning or without proof.
You should ask me first; why do you simply presume?
synonyms:
suppose, surmise
similar words:
conjecture, guess, hypothesize, speculate, suspect
definition 2: to go beyond what is appropriate or expected; take liberties (usu. fol. by on or upon).
Asking for such a favor presumes upon our friendship.
synonyms:
impose
similar words:
dare, encroach, trespass, venture
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derivations: presumedly (adv.), presumingly (adv.)
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