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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.
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How this miracle of fire and ice was to be created, and to sustain itself in a harsh world, he had never taken the time to think out; but he was content to hold his view without analysing it, since he knew it was that of all the carefully-brushed, white-waistcoated, button- hole-flowered gentlemen who succeeded each other in the club box, exchanged friendly greetings with him, and turned their opera-glasses critically on the circle of ladies who were the product of the system.
However, Kelly, 34, has taken the time to show off her blossoming romance with personal trainer David McIntosh.
Speaking of Barbaro, have you taken the time to appreciate how Adrienne Barbeau (do a Google search, my young friends) refuses to allow herself to be put out to pasture?
But in the course of repeated visits, Sheikh has taken the time to talk, to listen, to record what cannot directly appear in a photograph: the often horrifying accounts of what his sitters have experienced, from the rapes suffered by the Somali women to the treachery Great Powers and petty warlords alike have inflicted on the Afghans.
Moreover, has Fred taken the time to consider how his parents will react when a cop catches him gagging while on his knees in front of some horny trucker?
If we had taken the time to reflect on our mission, we would certainly have done things differently.
The next election maybe they should vote by touch screen or absentee, then they can lodge their complaints directly with the Recorder's Office and not with the volunteers who have taken the time to be there for them.
This year, in an additional undertaking, SBLI USA is recognizing customers who have taken the time to write letters acknowledging the high level of service they have received.
I think it's admirable that Feuer has taken the time to cite a study that showed that by limiting handgun purchases to one per person per month, we could see a reduction in violent, firearm-related crime in our city.
We've taken the time and made the effort to gain the knowledge of the Polycom product line that makes us a true value-added operation.
BUDGET PLANNER: Anyone who has taken the time to follow the budget negotiations between Democrats and Republicans in the nation's capital may believe secretly that he or she could resolve matters in minutes, if only given the chance.
Following up on her thoughts, Kenneth Bean, Vice President of Operations, observed, "For those among our share-owners who have taken the time to analyze our business model, the trend we are seeing in these days bodes very well for both the short and long term future.
Most companies have not taken the time to quantify the opportunity of improved decision making by product managers, increased revenues due to a shorter time-to-market, or the cost savings that could be realized by improved risk management and capital budget planning.
Even professional chefs have taken the time to review their favorite Meals.
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