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25 / 10 / 2007

PRESUME vs. CONCEITED: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today's word is: Presume (verb)

Meaning: to suppose that something is true; to accept that something is true until it is shown not to be true.

Example 1:
Natasha is late again. I presume there have been problems with the trains again. Can you call her to find out when she will arrive?

Example 2:
I saw Lori and Alex walking together, hand in hand, and I presumed they were a couple. It turns out that they are brother and sister.

Notice that this word is NOT the translation of the Spanish word presumir. We translate presumir as to show off or to be conceited. (For more information about the ways of translating the Spanish verb presumir, see the Daily Vitamins from the 7th and 8th of October, 2004.)

Example 3:
She seems like a very nice person, but her boyfriend is extremely conceited; he thinks he's God's gift to women. I don't understand what she sees in him!

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