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take (someone or something) for
1. To escort someone or something to partake in or undergo some activity. I'm taking the kids for a bike ride this afternoon. I have to take my car for its annual service this weekend.
2. To consider or regard someone or something as someone or something else, especially mistakenly. You must take me for a fool if you think I would lend you such a huge amount of money. I at first took her silence as a rejection of my proposal, but she told me later that she was just so taken aback that she couldn't respond right away.
3. To cheat, swindle, or con someone or something for some amount of money. Between all the hidden fees, taxes, and surcharges, they took me for over $500! All in all, he took the company for nearly $2 million.
take someone for something
1. Lit. to escort someone to and through some activities, such as a walk, a swim, a ride, etc. Can I take you for a ride? He took me for a walk in the park, and then we came home.
2. Inf. to cheat someone by a certain amount of money. That crook took me for a hundred bucks. How much did he take you for?
1. Regard as, as in Do you take me for a fool? [First half of 1400s]
2. Consider mistakenly, as in Don't take our silence for approval, or I think they took us for foreigners. [Second half of 1500s] Also see take for granted; what do you take me for.
To think someone or something is someone or something else: I'm sorry I called you the wrong name—I took you for one of your coworkers. Do you take me for a fool?