Definition for Presume (-d, presuming, -s)

presume (-d, presuming, -s), v. [Fr. présumer or L. præsūm-ěre, take before, anticipate, take for granted, assume, suppose, dare < præ, before + sūmere, take.] (webplay: before, belief, bold, confident, death, defeated, die, estate, far, favor, God, hope, known, pride, real, supposing, take, true).

  1. Dare; venture; try; aspire; make an arrogant attempt.
  2. Usurp; take liberties; take advantage of something or someone; seize without right; take possession unlawfully; lay claim to something without proper authority.
  3. Suppose; assume; guess; conjecture; suspect; expect; anticipate; take for granted; believe without proof.
  4. [Fig.] know; be certain; be aware; have foreknowledge.

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