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- præsume (archaic)
- (UK) IPA(key): /pɹɪˈzjuːm/
- (US) IPA(key): /pɹiˈz(j)um/, /pɹəˈz(j)um/
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /pɹɪˈzjʉːm/, /pɹɪˈʒʉːm/
- (New Zealand) IPA(key): /pɹɘˈzjʉːm/, /pɹɘˈʒʉːm/
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- Rhymes: -uːm
- (transitive) With infinitive object: to be so presumptuous as (to do something) without proper authority or permission. [from 14th c.]
- I wouldn't presume to tell him how to do his job.
- (transitive, now rare) To perform, do (something) without authority; to lay claim to without permission. [from 14th c.]
- Don't make the decision yourself and presume too much.
- (transitive) To assume or suggest to be true (without proof); to take for granted, to suppose. [from 14th c.]
- Paw-prints in the snow allow us to presume a visit from next door's cat.
- Dr. Livingstone, I presume?
- (transitive) To take as a premise; to assume for the sake of argument.
- 2011 February 5, John Patterson, The Guardian:
- If we presume that human cloning may one day become a mundane, everyday reality, then maybe it's time to start thinking more positively about our soon-to-arrive genetically engineered pseudo-siblings.
- (intransitive) To be presumptuous; with on, upon, to take advantage (of), to take liberties (with). [from 15th c.]
- 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, volume II, chapter 15:
- Emma was not required, by any subsequent discovery, to retract her ill opinion of Mrs. Elton. Her observation had been pretty correct. Such as Mrs. Elton appeared to her on this second interview, such she appeared whenever they met again,—self-important, presuming, familiar, ignorant, and ill-bred.
- (to assume to be true): see Thesaurus:suppose
to assume to be true, suppose
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