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Presume, 1) to suppose, to imagine: “this gentleman is happily arrived, my mind --s, for his own good and ours,” Shr. I, 2, 214. “I do p., sir, that you are not fallen from the report,” All's V, 1, 12. “p. not that I am the thing I was,” H4B V, 5, 60. “O that I thought it could be in a woman, as, if I can, I will p. in you,” Troil. III, 2, 166. I p. or I dare p. == I dare say: All's V, 1, 32. R3 III, 4, 21. H8 III, 2, 183. Troil. II, 2, 203. Troil. II, 2, 203 H6A IV, 1, 179. Oth. III, 3, 125 (Q1 I dare p., the rest of O. Edd. I dare be sworn).
2) to be overconfident, to venture beyond license, to be insolent: “p. not,” Shr. III, 1, 44. “otherwise will Henry ne'er p.” H6A V, 5, 22. “hadst thou been killed when first thou didst p.” H6C V, 6, 35. With an inf., == to be so bold: Gent. I, 2, 42. Merch. II, 9, 39. Shr. IV, 1, 96. H6A I, 1, 140. IV, 1, 44. V, 3, 185. H6C III, 3, 178. Cor. I, 1, 195. Per. I, 1, 33. With on before the ground of confidence: “--ing on an ague's privilege,” R2 II, 1, 116. Troil. IV, 4, 99. Caes. IV, 3, 63. Peculiar expression: “p. not on thy heart when mine is slain; thou gavest me thine, not to give back again,” Sonn. 22, 13 (evidently == do not lay claim to thy heart).
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