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.

Examples of take (someone or something) seriously in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miller feels the temptation, but never enough to take seriously. Josh Crutchmer, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2024 Russia’s war upended the post-Cold War geopolitical order, forcing Europe to take seriously its own defense after decades of dwindling military budgets and prompting countries on its border to take more drastic measures. Christian Edwards, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 Military leaders must take seriously the challenges posed by civilian efforts to politicize the armed forces. Risa Brooks, Foreign Affairs, 20 Mar. 2024 Some writers have already stopped sharing their work online, and the courts will have to take seriously the idea that current AI-training practices could have a chilling effect on human creativity. Alex Reisner, The Atlantic, 29 Feb. 2024 As a result, employers should take seriously any accommodation requests by employees based on long Covid symptoms. Michelle Travis, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 To achieve these goals, our teams employ their expertise and passion to strike deals with partners all around the world, partners who take seriously their responsibilities to fairly compensate our artists and songwriters and treat the user experience with respect. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 31 Jan. 2024 And recall the histrionic bleating from academics when the Times and other papers started to take seriously the accusations from conservatives that Harvard president Claudine Gay had plagiarized much of her academic work. Christian Schneider, National Review, 8 Feb. 2024 But local attorneys and advocates say the unit, or CIU, has failed to take seriously its mission to correct wrongs in the criminal justice system. Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 5 Feb. 2024

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“Take (someone or something) seriously.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20%28someone%20or%20something%29%20seriously. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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