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presume /prɪˈzuːm/  /Brit prɪˈzjuːm/

  • verb
    -sumes; -sumed; -suming
    [+ obj] to think that (something) is true without knowing that it is true
    I presume [=assumeexpect] (thatyou'll fly to Chicago rather than drive.
    I presume (thatthe car was very expensive. = The car was very expensiveI presume.
    Is she still at workI presume sosince she's not home.
    to accept legally or officially that something is true until it is proved not true
    formal :to do (something) that you do not have the right or permission to do - followed by to + verb
    How can you presume [=dareto speak for her?
    I'm not going to presume to tell you how to do your job.
    to expect that someone has (a certain level of knowledge, skill, etc.)
    presume on/upon
    [phrasal verb]
    presume on/upon (something) formal :to expect too much from (a relationship) in a way that shows that you do not understand your role in the relationship :to go beyond the proper limits of (a relationship)