take the liberty of(redirected from take the liberty to)
take the liberty of doing something
to do something without first getting someone's approval I've taken the liberty of reserving a seat for you on tomorrow morning's flight to New York.
take the liberty of doing something(formal)
to do something that will have an effect on someone else without asking their permission (usually in past tenses) I took the liberty of reserving us two seats at the conference. I hope that's all right by you.
take the liberty of
Act on one's own authority without permission from another, as in I took the liberty of forwarding the mail to his summer address. It is also put as take the liberty to, as in He took the liberty to address the Governor by her first name. This rather formal locution was first recorded in 1625 and does not imply the opprobrium of the similar-sounding take liberties.