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1. To understand or comprehend something (a certain way). I take it the gig was canceled, judging from the sound of that phone call. We took it to mean that we would only need to file the forms if our initial application wasn't successful. I take it you're leaving in the morning, correct?
2. To endure or tolerate some unpleasant, critical, harsh, or abusive treatment, whether physical or emotional. Tell me what you really thought of my play—be honest, I can take it! Military training is grueling, and some people just can't take it.
to endure something, physically or mentally. (Often negative.) I just can't take it anymore. If you can't take it, quit.
take it that...
to understand it to be thus... Am I to take it that you think this is the end of our relationship?
1. Understand, as in I take it they won't accept your proposal. [Early 1500s]
2. Endure abuse, criticism, harsh treatment, or unpleasantness, as in Tell me what you really think of me-I can take it. [Mid-1800s] This phrase is sometimes modified as take just so much, meaning "endure only up to a point." For example, I can take just so much of this nonsense before I lose patience. Also see take it on the chin; take lying down.
3. Accept or believe something, as in I'll take it on the doctor's say-so. Also see the subsequent entries beginning with take it.
see under take it.
take itsubmit to, tolerate, or endure a bad experience or hardship.
ˈtake it (that...)think or suppose (that something is true, will happen, etc.): ‘I take it that you won’t be back for lunch,’ she said as they left. ♢ You speak French, I take it?
ˈtake it(informal) (often used with can/could) be able to bear or tolerate something difficult or unpleasant such as stress, criticism or pain: They argued so much that finally he couldn’t take it any more and he left her. ♢ People are rude to her in her job, and she feels she’s taken it for long enough.
tv. to endure something, physically or mentally. (see also take it on the chin.) I just can’t take it anymore.
1. To understand; assume: As I take it, they won't accept the proposal.
2. Informal To endure abuse, criticism, or other harsh treatment: If you can dish it out, you've got to learn to take it.