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presume

verb
 
 
/prɪˈzjuːm/
[T] to think that something is likely to be true, although you are not certain: [+ (that)] I presume that you've done your homework.Guessing, supposing and suspecting
be presumed dead/innocent, etc If someone is presumed dead/innocent, etc, it seems very likely that they are dead/innocent, etc.Guessing, supposing and suspecting
presume to do sth formal to do something that you do not have the right or the skills to do: I certainly wouldn't presume to tell you how to do your job.Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
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