Definition of take for granted in English:

take for granted


  • 1Fail to properly appreciate (someone or something), especially as a result of overfamiliarity.

    ‘the comforts that people take for granted’
    • ‘You don't take things for granted, you accept what you have, and you're aware, well, you are only human in the end, no matter if you're rich or you're poor, everyone's the same.’
    • ‘I know I took you for granted, expecting you always to be around when that's not possible.’
    • ‘The problem with being an All-Star is that good performances are taken for granted and people expect more.’
    • ‘The right to own land and other property is taken for granted in many countries.’
    • ‘Everything ran smoothly for the next two months, but I guess I took things for granted.’
    • ‘I have found that people in developing countries do not take their medical care for granted and really appreciate the care that we give to their children.’
    • ‘We believe teachers have been taken for granted for too long.’
    • ‘Their wives have become spoiled, take their efforts for granted and have unrealistic expectations.’
    • ‘In reality, he's showing all the signs of taking our success for granted and assuming it will go on forever…’
    • ‘The average citizen fails to appreciate civil liberties precisely because in this country they can be taken for granted.’
  • 2Assume that something is true without questioning it.

    ‘George had taken it for granted that they'd get married’
    • ‘To take these issues for granted, to simply accept knowledge structures as they are presented to you, is to avoid critical thinking.’
    • ‘They take the void for granted and don't expect the day when it will fill up with romance, or children, or whatever.’
    • ‘The conclusions of the Qur'an are not taken for granted but verified through observation of the world.’
    • ‘Bean's profound understanding of the work can be taken for granted; his fiery brilliance is evident at the start of the finale.’
    • ‘If it is taken for granted that material comfort is all that our elderly parents hope for, where then can we draw the line of demarcation between our attitudes toward pet animals and our parents, who begot, gave birth to and raised us?’
    assume, presume, suppose, take it, take as read, take it as given, presuppose, conjecture, surmise, conclude, come to the conclusion, deduce, infer, draw the inference, reckon, reason, guess, imagine, think, fancy, suspect, expect, accept, believe, be of the opinion, understand, be given to understand, gather, glean
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