take (someone or something) seriously

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take (someone or something) seriously

To treat, consider, or approach someone or something with the seriousness or importance that it or they deserve. I wish we had taken her seriously; at the time, her claims seemed too outlandish to be true. If you don't start taking this work seriously, we're going to have to dismiss you from the company.
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take somebody/something ˈseriously

consider or treat something as important or serious: We told him he was in danger but he didn’t take us seriously.
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Some of his rivals today are better than him at the weights, but it takes something seriously well handicapped to come from off the pace at Windsor and he runs off 78, which is just 2lb higher than for each of his last two wins.
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