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presume

verb [T] (BELIEVE)    /prɪˈzjuːm/ US  /-ˈzuːm/
C1 to believe something to be true because it is very likely, although you are not certain: [+ (that)] I presume (that) they're not coming, since they haven't replied to the invitation. [+ speech] You are Dr Smith, I presume? "Are we walking to the hotel?" "I presume not/so." [+ obj + adj ] The boat's captain is missing, presumed dead (= it is believed that he is dead). In British law, you are presumed innocent until you are proved guilty. [+ obj + to infinitive ] The universe is presumed to contain many other planets with some form of life.Guessing, supposing and suspecting
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