- to take for granted, assume, or suppose: I presume you're tired after your drive.
- Law. to assume as true in the absence of proof to the contrary.
- to undertake with unwarrantable boldness.
- to undertake (to do something) without right or permission: to presume to speak for another.
- to take something for granted; suppose.
- to act or proceed with unwarrantable or impertinent boldness.
- to go too far in acting unwarrantably or in taking liberties (usually followed by on or upon): Do not presume upon his tolerance.
Origin of presume
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Examples from the Web for presume
The next month she married the man who, it is safe to presume, was her final husband.Beware of Japan’s “Black Widows”
November 20, 2014
But it is a mistake to presume that because these voters are Obama loyalists they are Democratic Party loyalists.Is This the Beginning of the End for Blacks and Dems?
November 3, 2014
I presume most Republicans will be clever enough to mute impeachment talk before November.The GOP’s Audacious Impeachment Spin Job
July 30, 2014
Somebody (a monk, I presume) has put a dummy dressed in a guard's uniform inside.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
How far that may be is unclear, though we can only presume that it would involve jail time for those tracked down.Can a Tweet Put You in Prison? It Certainly Will in the UK
January 23, 2014
I do not presume to decide whether all that is believed has the inward significancy.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"As long as the party is in the right, I presume, you mean," said Vivian.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
I presume half our people, on a pinch, could have brought the Sterling in.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
I will not presume to think of entering her presence, or my papa's without leave.
Nothing can be done, Madam, I must presume to say, if this gentleman's address be the end.
- (when tr, often takes a clause as object) to take (something) for granted; assume
- (when tr, often foll by an infinitive) to take upon oneself (to do something) without warrant or permission; daredo you presume to copy my work?
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to rely or dependdon't presume on his agreement
- law to take as proved until contrary evidence is produced
Word Origin and History for presume
late 14c., "to take upon oneself, to take liberty," also "to take for granted, presuppose," especially overconfidently, from Old French presumer (12c.) and directly from Latin praesumere "anticipate," in Late Latin, "assume" (see presumption). Related: Presumed; presumedly; presuming.