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pre·sume

presume

 
 
pronunciation:
prih zum
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: presumes, presuming, presumed
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.[verb + infinitive ] She was annoyed that her mother presumed to throw out her old pair of jeans.[verb + infinitive ]
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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