take lightly

idiom

: to not treat seriously
My doctor took my concerns lightly, telling me not to worry too much.
usually used in negative statements
This is a serious problem that should not be taken lightly.

Examples of take lightly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web King Arthur Baking Company's 2024 Recipe of the Year: Their Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Declaring something the Recipe of the Year isn't a claim to take lightly. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Feb. 2024 This is a difficult decision to make and one that my leadership team and I do not take lightly. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Jan. 2024 Bipartisan consensus is rare these days, so the growing coalition of policymakers, advocacy groups, and community leaders warning against the negative impacts of stricter capital requirements is not something to take lightly. Kevin Fromer, Fortune, 6 Dec. 2023 The chance to chase that feeling is something Marling and Batmanglij don’t take lightly. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 8 Nov. 2023 The decision to walk off the job is not one that pharmacists take lightly, but for many the action is unavoidable, Hogue said. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2023 In the season, his character replaced Topher Grace’s starring role as Eric Forman — a change that fans did not take lightly, particularly in relation to his dating Eric’s longtime girlfriend Donna. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 27 Aug. 2023 Pack on the Accessories Of course, incorporating any new color into your space is a big decision that should not take lightly. Kelsey Mulvey, Southern Living, 2 Aug. 2023 And in the wake of Don Sweeney and Cam Neely’s comments regarding Bergeron and Krejci’s uncertain future, Rask said a decision is not something the veteran centers will take lightly. Conor Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, 28 June 2023 See More

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“Take lightly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20lightly. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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