take (a lot of) time

idiom

: to require that a lot of time needs to pass before happening or getting finished
Be patient. These things take (a lot of) time.

Examples of take (a lot of) time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But building a network can take a lot of time and be a daunting task. Sanjay Sehgal, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 Luckily, decluttering your bathroom doesn't need to take a lot of time or be expensive. Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Feb. 2022 Getting around the area can take a lot of time and a lot of miles, as most metro Atlantans will tell you. NBC News, 21 Nov. 2021 The new Batmobile set has almost 2000 fewer pieces but will still take a lot of time to construct. Keenan Thompson, Car and Driver, 16 Oct. 2021 This might be particularly hard on players who typically take a long time to get 'set' in the batter's box, and pitchers like St. Louis reliever Giovanni Gallegos, who take a lot of time between pitches to get ready to throw. David Faris, The Week, 30 Mar. 2023 Why Trust Us? Building out a smart home doesn’t have to cost a ton of money or even take a lot of time. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 14 Mar. 2023 Refine your brand with leadership training. Offline, finding your authentic brand can take a lot of time, trial and error. Neil Khaund, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Also, games are complicated to do and hard work and take a lot of time, effort and money. Todd Martensgame Critic, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022

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“Take (a lot of) time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20%28a%20lot%20of%29%20time. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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