Dictionary.com

presume

[ pri-zoom ]
/ prɪˈzum /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: presume / presumed / presuming on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), pre·sumed, pre·sum·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), pre·sumed, pre·sum·ing.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON "WAS" VS. "WERE"!

Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of presume

1300–50; Middle English presumen (<Old French presumer) <Latin praesūmere to take beforehand (Late Latin: take for granted, assume, dare), equivalent to prae-pre- + sūmere to take up, suppose (see consume)

OTHER WORDS FROM presume

pre·sum·ed·ly [pri-zoo-mid-lee], /prɪˈzu mɪd li/, adverbpre·sum·er, nounun·pre·sumed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for presume

British Dictionary definitions for presume

presume
/ (prɪˈzjuːm) /

verb

(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

Derived forms of presume

presumedly (prɪˈzjuːmɪdlɪ), adverbpresumer, nounpresuming, adjectivepresumingly, adverb

Word Origin for presume

C14: via Old French from Latin praesūmere to take in advance, from prae before + sūmere to assume
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK