take for granted

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take for granted

  1. (transitive) To assume something to be true without verification or proof.
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, ch. 17,
      Let it be considered a delicate intimation on the part of the historian that he is going back to the town in which Oliver Twist was born; the reader taking it for granted that there are good and substantial reasons for making the journey.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic, especially of a person) To give little attention to or to underestimate the value of, to fail to appreciate.
    • 1946, "Posthumous Portrait," Time, 25 Nov.,
      He had fiercely championed loveless ladies entering frustrated middle age, the married woman whose husband took her for granted and seldom into his arms.