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"presume" in British English

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presumeverb

uk   /prɪˈzjuːm/ us   /prɪˈzuːm/
  • presume verb (BELIEVE)

C1 [T] 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.

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  • presume verb (BE RUDE)

[I] to do something although you know that you do not have a right to do it: [+ to infinitive] I wouldn't presume to tell you how to do your job, but shouldn't this piece go there? I don't wish to presume (= make a suggestion although I have no right to), but don't you think you should apologize to her? He presumes on her good nature (= takes unfair advantage of it).
(Definition of presume from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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presumeverb

us   /prɪˈzum/
  • presume verb (BELIEVE)

[T] to believe something to be true because it is likely, although not certain: [+ (that) clause] I presume (that) they’re not coming, since they haven’t replied to the invitation. People accused of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
  • presume verb (BE RUDE)

[I] to be rude by doing something you know that you do not have a right to do: [+ to infinitive] How can you presume to criticize me when you did the same thing yourself?
presumably
adverb [not gradable] us   /prɪˈzu·mə·bli/
Presumably they can afford to buy an apartment, or they wouldn’t be looking.
(Definition of presume from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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