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What does “presume” mean?

AWL (Academic Word List)

presume = suppose something to be true based on past knowledge or experience

  • “You have been in the office all day.  I presume you have the project finished.”
  • “Everyone has already gone home.  I presume all the doors are locked.”
  • “I am using the company car to go to Chicago.  I presume it is in the garage.”

Word Families

presume (v),  presumption (n), presumptuous, presumptive (adj) presumably (adv)

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Richard Carrigan has been an educator for over 30 years. He has experience teaching professional and academic English. He earned his graduate degree from Shenandoah University.

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