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"presuppose" in British English

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presupposeverb [T]

uk   /ˌpriː.səˈpəʊz/  us   /-ˈpoʊz/
to ​accept that something is ​true before it has been ​proved: [+ that] You're presupposing that he'll have told her - but he may not have. formal If an ​idea or ​situation presupposes something, that thing must be ​true for the ​idea or ​situation to ​work: Investigative ​journalism presupposes some ​level of ​investigation. [+ that] All this presupposes that he'll get the ​job he ​wants.
(Definition of presuppose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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presupposeverb [T]

 us   /ˌpri·səˈpoʊz/ fml
to ​think that something is ​true in ​advance without having any ​proof, or to ​consider that something is ​necessarilytrue if something ​else is ​true: [+ that clause] You’re presupposing that he told her – but he may not have. Teaching presupposes a ​formaleducation.
(Definition of presuppose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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