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Definition of "presume" []

  • To take for granted as being true in the absence of proof to the contrary: We presumed she was innocent. (verb-transitive)
  • To constitute reasonable evidence for assuming; appear to prove: A signed hotel bill presumes occupancy of a room. (verb-transitive)
  • To venture without authority or permission; dare: He presumed to invite himself to dinner. (verb-transitive)
  • To act overconfidently; take liberties. (verb-intransitive)
  • To take unwarranted advantage of something; go beyond the proper limits: Don't presume on their hospitality. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "presume" in a sentence
  • "I also have an RFC (issued in conjunction with my Scotiabank account), which I presume is used by Hacienda to track taxes withheld from interest income. gpkisner"
  • "Finally, damienoujia at this Comicvine forum noted another moment where Lori's smoking habit illuminated her character: Her first meeting with the Comedian and it seems he's hitting on her ... he lights what we presume is her first cigarette."
  • "I want to see ADAM punching the ground, which, we presume, is the addict."