take for granted

idiomatic phrase

Definition of take for granted

1 : to assume (something) as true, real, unquestionable, or to be expected We took our invitation to the party for granted. = We took it for granted that we'd be invited to the party. [=we assumed we'd be invited and did not think about the possibility that we wouldn't be] What I will call the "old" middle class rose to prominence in the Forties, Fifties, and Sixties, when economic growth was taken for granted and opportunity was abundant.— Alan Wolfe
2 : to value (something or someone) too lightly : to fail to properly notice or appreciate (someone or something that should be valued) We often take our freedom for granted. I'm tired of being taken for granted.

First Known Use of take for granted

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Take for granted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20for%20granted. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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