take (one) at (one's) word

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take (one) at (one's) word

To accept what one says without further verifying or investigating. Why some people take that pundit at his word is beyond me. He clearly has an ulterior motive. You're right to be wary, but, in this case, I think we can take John at his word. He's just trying to help.
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take someone or something at face value

to accept someone or something just as it appears; to believe that the way things appear is the way they really are. He means what he says. You have to take him at face value. I take everything he says at face value.
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take something at face value

to accept something exactly the way it appears to be. I don't know whether I can take her story at face value, but I will assume that she is not lying. The committee took the report at face value and approved the suggested changes.
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take someone at their word

interpret a person's words literally or exactly, especially by believing them or doing as they suggest.
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take somebody at their ˈword

believe exactly what somebody says or promises: She said I could go and stay with her in Paris whenever I wanted, so I took her at her word.
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take at (someone's) word

To be convinced of another's sincerity and act in accord with his or her statement: We took them at their word that the job would be done on time.
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