take time

idiom

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."

Examples of take time in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But not many people take time to explore Redding’s downtown core. Janet Fullwood, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 Making massive shifts in the business can take time to spool up new sales and, in turn, crunch liquidity. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 To make people feel appreciated, to take time away from technology, and to sit down with only your stationery and thoughts is hardly to be considered a chore. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024 Discipline and hard work will take time, effort and money, but the returns look positive. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 Instead, take time to explore what life looks like on the other side of this change. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Feb. 2024 Leach, who spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday ahead of Thursday's announcement of his departure, will take time to reflect on how to best increase equity across institutions before his next role. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 26 Jan. 2024 Public tastings sometimes take time to plan due to the combination of factors. Mathew Miranda, Sacramento Bee, 24 Jan. 2024 Beyond the fast-food of their youth, the guys also take time to consider the likelihood of Jim Harbaugh leaving Michigan after this season. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 4 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Take time.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20time. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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