be taken for granted

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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.
See also: grant, taken
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It was taken for granted by the counselor that the first boy who was Jewish would go on to college after he graduated from high school.
And it was taken for granted by the same counselor that the second boy, who was Latino, would probably never attend college and might not even graduate from high school.