What does presume mean?

Definitions for presume
prɪˈzumpre·sume

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word presume.

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

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.

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

  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.

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

  3. presume(Verb)

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

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

  4. presume(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [F. prsumer, L. praesumere, praesumptum; prae before + sumere to take. See Assume, Redeem.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. prsumer, L. praesumere, praesumptum; prae before + sumere to take. See Assume, Redeem.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. prsumer, L. praesumere, praesumptum; prae before + sumere to take. See Assume, Redeem.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. prsumer, L. praesumere, praesumptum; prae before + sumere to take. See Assume, Redeem.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Presume

    prē-zūm′, v.t. to take as true without examination or proof: to take for granted.—v.i. to venture beyond what one has ground for: to act forwardly or without proper right.—adj. Presūm′able, that may be presumed or supposed to be true.—adv. Presūm′ably.—adj. Presūm′ing, venturing without permission: unreasonably bold.—adv. Presūm′ingly.—n. Presump′tion, act of presuming: supposition: strong probability: that which is taken for granted: confidence grounded on something not proved: conduct going beyond proper bounds: (law) an assuming of the truth of certain facts from the existence of others having some connection with them.—adj. Presump′tive, presuming: grounded on probable evidence: (law) proving circumstantially.—adv. Presump′tively.—Presumptive evidence, evidence for a fact derived from other facts having some connection with it: indirect evidence.—Heir presumptive, the person, not son or daughter, at present next in succession to any living person. [Fr. présumer—L. præsumĕrepræ, before, sumĕre, to take—sub, under, emĕre, to buy.]

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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

Anagrams for presume »

  1. supreme, Supreme

  2. Supreme

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of presume in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of presume in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of presume in a Sentence

  1. Henry David Thoreau:

    We falsely attribute to men a determined character - putting together all their yesterdays - and averaging them - we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support - it is worse than a large family - he is the silent poor indeed.

  2. Nancy Northup:

    No one should be forced to delay health care because politicians have the audacity to presume to know what is best for a woman and her family.

  3. New York City:

    Typically in New York City, on an average day, about 20 to 25 people die at home, but now in this crisis, and for several days running, New York City's been over 200 people a day who are dying at home, we presume that most of that increase is due to coronavirus.

  4. James Leung:

    I presume my containers will be somewhere on the port for who knows how long... so I have to be prepared.

  5. Steve Tsang:

    No country should presume that we will engage in trading our core interests or that we will swallow the 'bitter fruit' of harming our sovereignty, security or development interests.

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