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be taken for granted

1. To be considered innately true, real, or correct; to be anticipated as always being available or at hand. The plenitude of our natural resources has been taken for granted by people for most of human history. I guess we had taken for granted that our kids would stick around this town and take care of us when we get older.
2. To be underestimated or undervalued; to not be properly appreciated or recognized. I've decided to go out and start my own business, because I'm sick of being taken for granted in this huge corporation.
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We are campaigning in every part of the city and know no one can be taken for granted.
Scrap brokers and dealers are learning all too well that the continued existence of close-to-home scrap destinations cannot be taken for granted.
These saints, he writes, established monastic centres `not only of learning and faith, but of a central truth of that faith which can so easily be taken for granted today: the unconditional love of God for all men and women, regardless of social status or of cultural or ethnic origin'.
The links to Holland, Denmark, Italy and France are traced with great fervour: those with England are generally taken for granted.
SOMEONE recently said Michael Jordan is over the hill, another felt he was taken for granted.
abused journalistic license,' or "many of the practices and strategies taken for granted by journalists raise troubling questions.
In putting to question what is often taken for granted in uncritical calls for reconciliation, it critically analyses and frequently challenges the political and legal assumptions underlying discourses of reconciliation.
Fellow authors and members of English PEN, which promotes free speech, supported Rushdie, saying he has shown the world that literature and free speech cant be taken for granted.
Because the higher the turnout, the more the next president - and every other politician - will know that the public can no longer be taken for granted.
In fact, heterosexual desires and jealousies are so taken for granted, they underline the poignancy of the secret love between the leading characters.
The communication field is probably the field, which has been taken for granted because it is so much a part of our everyday lives and it sometimes goes unnoticed.
In Earl Sewell's novel Taken for Granted, readers contemplate that very question.
We got a lot more consideration from the Shays-Meehan Coalition, and, the Democratic leadership, than we did when we were taken for granted on this issue.
The myriad formal choices that a photographer makes are always taken for granted or overlooked.
Now, those techniques are so widely used that they are taken for granted.