Definitions for presumeprɪˈzum

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•sumeprɪˈzum(v.)-sumed, -sum•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to take for granted, assume, or suppose.

  2. Law. to assume as true in the absence of proof to the contrary.

    Category: Law

  3. to undertake with unwarrantable boldness.

  4. to undertake (to do something) without right or permission:

    to presume to speak for another person.

  5. (v.i.)to take something for granted; suppose.

  6. to act or proceed with unwarrantable or impertinent boldness.

  7. to go too far in acting unwarrantably or in taking liberties (usu. fol. by on or upon):

    to presume on someone's tolerance.

Origin of presume:

1300–50; ME (< OF presumer) < L praesūmere to take beforehand (LL: take for granted, assume, dare) =prae-pre - +sūmere to take up, suppose (see consume )

pre•sum′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. assume, presume, take for granted(verb)

    take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof

    "I assume his train was late"

  2. make bold, dare, presume(verb)

    take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission

    "How dare you call my lawyer?"

  3. presume(verb)

    constitute reasonable evidence for

    "A restaurant bill presumes the consumption of food"

  4. presume(verb)

    take liberties or act with too much confidence

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. presume(verb)ɪˈzum

    to assume sth is true without knowing

    I presume that he asked you because he had no money.; It is presumed that all the passengers were killed.

  2. presumeɪˈzum

    to assume sth to be true until there is evidence

    We have to presume him to be innocent until we know more.

  3. presumeɪˈzum

    to behave as if you have the right or ability to do sth when you do not

    You can't presume to understand me.

Wiktionary

  1. presume(Verb)

    To perform, do (something) without authority; to lay claim to without permission.

    Don't make the decision yourself and presume too much.

  2. presume(Verb)

    With infinitive object: to be so presumptuous as (to do something) without proper authority or permission.

    I wouldn't presume to tell him how to do his job.

  3. presume(Verb)

    To assume to be true (without proof); to take for granted, to suppose.

  4. presume(Verb)

    To be presumptuous; with on, upon, to take advantage (of), to take liberties (with).

  5. Origin: From presumer, presumer, and their source, praesumere, from prae- + sumere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Presume(verb)

    to assume or take beforehand; esp., to do or undertake without leave or authority previously obtained

  2. Presume(verb)

    to take or suppose to be true, or entitled to belief, without examination or proof, or on the strength of probability; to take for granted; to infer; to suppose

  3. Presume(verb)

    to suppose or assume something to be, or to be true, on grounds deemed valid, though not amounting to proof; to believe by anticipation; to infer; as, we may presume too far

  4. Presume(verb)

    to venture, go, or act, by an assumption of leave or authority not granted; to go beyond what is warranted by the circumstances of the case; to venture beyond license; to take liberties; -- often with on or upon before the ground of confidence

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'presume' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3510

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'presume' in Verbs Frequency: #991


Translations for presume

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

presume(verb)

to believe that something is true without proof; to take for granted

When I found the room empty, I presumed that you had gone home; `Has he gone?' `I presume so.'

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