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Definition of PRESUME

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Presume \Pre*sume"\, v. i.
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

              Do not presume too much upon my love. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              This man presumes upon his parts.     --Locke. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Presume \Pre*sume"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Presumed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Presuming}.] [F. pr['e]sumer, L. praesumere, praesumptum; prae before + sumere to take. See {Assume}, {Redeem}.]
     1. To assume or take beforehand; esp., to do or undertake without leave or authority previously obtained. [1913 Webster]

              Dare he presume to scorn us in this manner? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Bold deed thou hast presumed, adventurous Eve.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

              Every man is to be presumed innocent till he is proved to be guilty.                  --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

              What rests but that the mortal sentence pass, . . . Which he presumes already vain and void, Because not yet inflicted?            --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

164 Moby Thesaurus words for "presume": account, account as, adjudge, adjudicate, affect, allegorize, allow, allude to, anticipate, aspire to, assume, attempt, bank on, be afraid, be judicious, be predisposed, believe, bring, bring to mind, call for, comprise, conceive, conclude, confide, conjecture, connote, consider, contain, contemplate, count, count on, dare, daresay, deduce, deem, deride, desire, divine, dread, dream, encroach upon, entail, envisage, esteem, estimate, exercise judgment, expect, express an opinion, face, fancy, feel, feel confident, forejudge, foresee, form an opinion, gather, get fresh, get smart, go off half-cocked, grant, guess, harbor the hope, have a hunch, have a nerve, have an idea, have an impression, have an inkling, have in mind, have the cheek, have the gall, have the idea, hazard, hint, hold, hold as, hold in contempt, hope, hope against hope, hope and pray, hope for, hope in, hope to God, hypothecate, hypothesize, imagine, implicate, imply, import, impose on, impose upon, infer, infringe, insinuate, intimate, intrude, involve, judge, judge beforehand, jump the gun, lead to, lean upon, let, let be, live in hopes, look upon as, maintain, make bold, make free, mean, mean to say, nurture the hope, obtrude, opine, pine, point indirectly to, posit, postulate, preconceive, preconclude, predecide, predetermine, prefigure, prejudge, premise, presuppose, presurmise, pretend, provisionally accept, reckon, regard, rely on, repute, require, rest assured, ridicule, say, set down as, speculate, subsume, suggest, suppose, surmise, suspect, take, take for, take for granted, take in, take it, take liberties, take liberties with, take the liberty, take to be, taunt, theorize, think, think likely, think of, trow, trust, understand, venture, venture to say, view as, ween


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