take time

idiom

Definition of take time

1 : to need or require time to happen or be done You have to be patient. Things like this take time. It may take some time for the medication to wear off. The meeting won't take too much time. This job is easy and will take no time at all.
2 or take the time : to use an amount of time in order to do something important They never took the time to get to know her. I took some time to think about it, and my answer is still "no."

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