Presume is defined as to assume to be true without proof, or to dare to do something without permission.verb
- An example of presume is to believe in heaven even if there is no proof.
- An example of presume is to speak for another person without his or her knowledge or permission.
- to take upon oneself without permission or authority; dare (to say or do something); venture
- to take for granted; accept as true, lacking proof to the contrary; suppose
- to constitute reasonable evidence for supposing: a signed invoice presumes receipt of goods
Origin: ME presumen < OFr presumer < L praesumere < prae-, before (see pre-) + sumere, to take: see consume
- to act presumptuously; take liberties
- to rely too much (on or upon), as in taking liberties: to presume on another's friendship
- to take something for granted
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verb pre·sumed, pre·sum·ing, pre·sumes verb, transitive
- To take for granted as being true in the absence of proof to the contrary: We presumed she was innocent.
- To constitute reasonable evidence for assuming; appear to prove: A signed hotel bill presumes occupancy of a room.
- To venture without authority or permission; dare: He presumed to invite himself to dinner.
- To act overconfidently; take liberties.
- To take unwarranted advantage of something; go beyond the proper limits: Don't presume on their hospitality.
- To take for granted that something is true or factual; suppose: That's the new assistant, I presume.
Origin: Middle English presumen, from Old French presumer, from Late Latin praesūmere, from Latin, to anticipate : prae-, pre- + sūmere, to take; see em- in Indo-European roots.
- pre·sumˈed·ly adverb
- pre·sumˈer noun