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- To require a comparatively long period of time.
- Learning a foreign language takes time.
- It takes time to get used to having a step-parent.
- 1960 February, R. C. Riley, “The London-Birmingham services - Past, Present and Future”, in Trains Illustrated, page 98:
- After World War II it took time to clear up the arrears of track maintenance on both lines and it was not until 1953 that the L.M.R. restored any two-hour schedules, the W.R. following suit a year later.
- To volunteer to spend one's time (for a purpose or beneficiary).
- He took time to help us with his son with his homework.
- He took time for his son.
- (require a comparatively long period of time): take a long time, take some time
- (volunteer to spend one's time): make time for, take the time
to require a long period of time
to volunteer to spend one's time