# presume

presume is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
 presume

## Verb

 Plain form presume Third-person singular presumes Past tense presumed Past participle presumed Present participle presuming
1. (transitive) If you presume something, you believe that it is true without evidence.
The boy has been missing for a week, and is presumed dead.
2. (intransitive) If you presume to do something, you do it though it is rude or wrong.
I wouldn't presume to go to the party without an invitation.
3. (transitive) If $x$ presumes $y$, then $x$ requires $y$ and builds on it.
This books presumes a basic understanding of English grammar.