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take it

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.
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take it

to endure something, physically or mentally. (Often negative.) I just can't take it anymore. If you can't take it, quit.
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take it that...

to understand it to be thus... Am I to take it that you think this is the end of our relationship?
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take it

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.
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take something

see under take it.
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take it

submit to, tolerate, or endure a bad experience or hardship.
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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?
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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.
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take it

tv. to endure something, physically or mentally. (see also take it on the chin.) I just can’t take it anymore.
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take it

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.
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References in classic literature ?
And we seen four men run, then this one come walking out and we took it for a ghost.
And when I took it home, Miss Lyddy sent for me to bring it into her drawing-room, so as she might give me directions about fastening on the work--very fine needlework, Jacob and Rachel a- kissing one another among the sheep, like a picture--and th' old squire was sitting there, for he mostly sits with her.
PRESSURE Guardiola admits last season took it's toll on him
FOR the second year in succession, the Vale Ladies and Girls Football Club took it's end of season presentation awards to the Cardiff City Stadium.
It continued to take little notice of the electorate outside the south east and still took it's northern heartlands for granted.
"Our underwxiting department is unrivaled, our technology is one of a kind and self-sustaining, but above all, it's not only about which steps we took it's the habits we developed very early in the game."
Eventually it took it's toll and at the first opportunity to take redundancy I left.
Only one game in Division Two as the weather took it's toll as Kingdom drew 3-3 with The King Harry.
Edinburgh in particular, which is host to hundreds of thousands of revellers at the biggest street party in the world, would have seen their image torn to threads as the weather took it's toll and battered the city.
While some bemoaned it and others tried to understand it, nature just took it's course, and went on its merry way until we developed into a city famous for its cross-cultured sounds, ie 2-Tone and bhangra music.
But that game took it's toll and he is unlikely to play this afternoon.
It is not often a team can be praised despite losing 46-10 at Leeds last week, but the Wildcats were more than a match for the Rhinos before injuries eventually took it's toll.
CARDIFF COMBINATION THE weather took it's toll on fixtures and the one game to escape the weather, between Division One leaders Avenue Hotspurs and AFC Butetown proved to be a fine advert for the Combination League.
The high penalty count against them took it's toll in the second period as Elland scored three tries, two of them converted, to pull away to a 34-18 advantage.
Ultimately though, the relentless pressure exerted through terrific support play took it's toll.