take (someone or something) seriously

Definition of take (someone or something) seriously

:to treat (someone or something) as being very important and deserving attention or respect
  • He takes his religious faith seriously.
  • She's well qualified for the job, so she hopes the company will take her seriously.
  • His parents threatened to punish him, but he didn't take them seriously, since he had not been punished before.
  • Most politicians take themselves too seriously.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

seriously play
  1. : in a sincere manner : earnestly

  2. : to a serious extent : severely, extremely


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