take something

take it

1. To understand or comprehend something (a certain way). I take it the gig was canceled, judging from the sound of that phone call. We took it to mean that we would only need to file the forms if our initial application wasn't successful.
2. To endure or tolerate some unpleasant, critical, harsh, or abusive treatment, whether physical or emotional. Tell me what you really thought of my play—be honest, I can take it! Military training is grueling, and some people just can't take it.
See also: take

take something

see under take it.
See also: something, take
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I should like to have seen the count take something in my house, if only an ice.
Archbishop Justin Welby, who took over the role last month, said it would take something "very major" to restore confidence and drag the country out of the mire.
of adults) Equally 55% "Add to" and "Take out" Add something 26% to diet Take something 19% out of diet Note: Table made from pie chart.
However, he was compelled to take something to add muscle to his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame as he prepares to play baseball at Ohio State.
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