take the time

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take the time (to do something)

to spend enough time to do something If you take the time to read the directions carefully, you won't have any trouble installing the software.
Usage notes: used to emphasize that someone should be careful or exact in doing something, and often used to show you are annoyed because someone was not careful: People should at least take the time to understand why we do things this way before they start criticizing us.
See also: take, time
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And teachers take the time to listen to your questions and steer you in the right direction.
I don't know how many will respond, but I'm sure that a number of 18-year-olds will think, well, someone took the time to send this, so I might as well take the time to fill it out,'' Gillette said.
Even when people take the time to set up an estate, a common mistake they make is to name the wrong beneficiary on their life insurance policy.