take the time


Also found in: Wikipedia.

take the time

To make an effort to spend enough time on something to do it properly or sufficiently. If you can't even take the time to read my emails, how can I expect you to follow my instructions? You need to take the time to roll out the dough, or else they won't bake properly.
See also: take, time
References in periodicals archive ?
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.