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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.
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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.
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This and similar unilateral concessions given to India in the past have damaged our cause and India took us for granted. By reverting back to bilateral talks, we would also be subscribing to the Indian viewpoint being propagated these days as well that Kashmir is purely a bilateral issue.
"If before they were complacent and took us for granted, they will not be the same this time.
They took us for granted, they said [this team] will not make the round of four, Webb said.
"Celtic maybe took us for granted too but they handled the defeat well and many of their fans applauded us as we journeyed back to Firhill."
"I think last week," Pierce said, "Dallas, being such a great team, they looked at our record and it was tough for them get up for a team like us, and they took us for granted, and we were able to play with them.
There might have been some teams that took us for granted early in the season."
"They took us for granted and thought they could get away with it.
You could argue that New Zealand took us for granted and were not prepared for a real contest, but that would do an injustice to the boldness and control shown by Wales, the enterprise, the skill and the homework they had put in.
"Maybe Dublin and Tyrone were a bit casual against us last year, but I'd be surprised if any team took us for granted this year."
He said: "I said before the game that if we played well and they took us for granted, we were in with a chance.
"Maybe they took us for granted. Maybe that's the reason they lost," Alcoseba said.
Theo Dunne, joint College boss with the legendary Dr Tony O'Neill (left), said: "We were a young team but a decent team and maybe Rovers took us for granted as they were the hot favourites to win the cup.
"It was very important because they took us for granted," Lucas said.
"Kilkenny took us for granted last year but we still needed a bit of luck to get past them - you can bet your bottom dollar they won't let it happen again this time.
Cork said: "We played Surrey in a quarter-final five years ago, when they took us for granted and we beat them, and I was happy when we drew them again because I fancied taking a big scalp.