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take for granted

Definition of take for granted in English:

1Fail to properly appreciate (someone or something), especially as a result of overfamiliarity: the comforts that people take for granted
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  • The right to own land and other property is taken for granted in many countries.
  • Everything ran smoothly for the next two months, but I guess I took things for granted.
  • I know I took you for granted, expecting you always to be around when that's not possible.
2 (take something for granted) Assume that something is true without questioning it: George had taken it for granted that they’d get married
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  • To take these issues for granted, to simply accept knowledge structures as they are presented to you, is to avoid critical thinking.
  • If it is taken for granted that material comfort is all that our elderly parents hope for, where then can we draw the line of demarcation between our attitudes toward pet animals and our parents, who begot, gave birth to and raised us?
  • They take the void for granted and don't expect the day when it will fill up with romance, or children, or whatever.
assume, presume, suppose, take it, take as read, take it as given, presuppose, conjecture, surmise, conclude, come to the conclusion, deduce, infer, draw the inference, reckon, reason, guess, imagine, think, fancy, suspect, expect, accept, believe, be of the opinion, understand, be given to understand, gather, glean;
North American figure
formal opine
archaic ween
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