take as

take someone as someone

to assume that someone is someone or a type of person. I took her as some sort of crank. She didn't want to be taken as some sort of busybody.
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take something as something

Fig. to assume that something is intended a certain way. I took your comments as a severe criticism. Sam's actions were taken as constructive.
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References in classic literature ?
You know that I serve you and take as much pains as I would for my own father.
Now, the old gentleman came in as brisk as need be; but, he had no sooner raised his spectacles on his forehead, and thrust his hands behind the skirts of his dressing-gown to take a good long look at Oliver, than his countenance underwent a very great variety of odd contortions.
He blew my hairs aside to take a better view of my face.
It will be a great help to have cool, impartial persons take a look at it, and tell me what they think of it.
He never stopped to take a look anymore--he just hove 'em in and went for more.
He spoke in a pleasant voice, with well-chosen words, and he seemed to take a discreet pleasure in their careful arrangement.
Meanwhile, I will run into the cellar, and take a drink.
Having once yielded, he was easily persuaded to take a second cup, and a third, and so on till he no longer knew what he was doing.
Gummidge had their aprons to their eyes, and Ham had just stepped out 'to take a turn on the beach'.
She appeared to take a great interest in him, asked him whence he came, who were his friends, and whether he had not sometimes thought of attaching himself to the cardinal.