take (someone or something) seriously

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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.

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