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take (someone or something) for granted

1. To consider something as being innately or unfailingly true, correct, real, or available. The plenitude of our natural resources has resulted in most people taking them for granted for most of human history. I guess I just took your support for granted, because I thought you would be there for me no matter what.
2. To underestimate or undervalue someone or something; to not properly recognize or appreciate someone or something. The boss takes us for granted, but if we weren't here, this whole company would collapse. I'm just getting fed up because it feels like you take everything I do around the house for granted.
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take someone or something for granted

to expect someone or something to be always available to serve in some way without thanks or recognition; to value someone or something too lightly. I wish you didn't take me for granted. I guess that I take a lot of things for granted.
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take for granted

1. Consider as true or real, anticipate correctly, as in I took it for granted that they'd offer to pay for their share but I was wrong. [c. 1600]
2. Underestimate the value of, become used to, as in The editors felt that the publisher was taking them for granted.
See also: grant, take

take somebody/something for ˈgranted

not value somebody/something just because they are/it is always there: Your problem is that you take your wife for granted. When was the last time you told her how much you appreciated her?We take so many things for granted these days: electricity, running water, cars...

take something for ˈgranted (that...)

believe that something is/will be true, will happen, etc. without checking to make sure: We took it for granted that there would be some rooms available at the hotel but we were wrong.He took it for granted that he would get the job, and so he was very surprised when he didn’t.
See also: grant, something, take

take for granted

1. To consider as true, real, or forthcoming; anticipate correctly.
2. To underestimate the value of: a publisher who took the editors for granted.
See also: grant, take
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Mersault, on the other hand, is a citizen of a French state in which his individuality has been taken for granted at least since the time of Descartes; and yet, this historical privilege of Western man is finally revealed to be meaningless.
She hailed them as unsung heroines who have been taken for granted for too long.
Velasquez Institute spokesman Michael Bustamante said the group's poll indicates voters are taking the race seriously and don't want to be taken for granted.
Yet having learned from their Conceptual-art predecessors, they do not completely abandon the goal of criticality--its effectiveness is simply no longer taken for granted.
Either way, a black right now taken for granted in the Tom Joyner/Tavis Smiley era--being allowed to discuss political and social issues on national and local television--was paid in full by those who had to fight for it.
It was basically taken for granted that the mistake was not intentional.
The answer is because 1) your generosity will be taken for granted, 2) parents will not know what to expect, 3) you will not know what to expect, 4) the absence of a policy could impact your income and 5) you will grow to resent that-little-rascal-Susie-for-missing-her-music-lesson-again-this -week-and-while-we-are-on-the-subjectwhy-aren't-her-parents-taking-music -as-seriously-as-soccer-anyway?
The magnitude off he Wright Brothers' accomplishment is, I think, taken for granted.
I don't have to tell you which community is more likely to be taken for granted, exploited, or dismissed by politicians, government agencies, and businesses.
Champion Michael Schumacher admitted it was almost taken for granted he would extend his contract with Ferrari until the end of the 2006 season.
Scrap brokers and dealers are learning all too well that the continued existence of close-to-home scrap destinations cannot be taken for granted.
In a biographical note, he writes that he "was born and spent (his) childhood in conservative sectarian Christianity in which biblical literalism and infallibility were taken for granted.
These saints, he writes, established monastic centres `not only of learning and faith, but of a central truth of that faith which can so easily be taken for granted today: the unconditional love of God for all men and women, regardless of social status or of cultural or ethnic origin'.
The links to Holland, Denmark, Italy and France are traced with great fervour: those with England are generally taken for granted.
SOMEONE recently said Michael Jordan is over the hill, another felt he was taken for granted.