What does take for granted mean?

The expression to take for granted means “to accept without question or objection,” and often implies a lack of appreciation or gratitude. (E.g., “Many of us may take for granted the fact that we have access to clean drinking water.”)

When it come to people, to take someone for granted means lớn take advantage of, show no appreciation for, or undervalue them.


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We didn’t just take for granted what the expression take it for granted means—we did our research.

Beginning in the 1300s, the verb grant came khổng lồ mean “to admit khổng lồ be true,” or “to acknowledge.” This meaning still exists; think of when someone says I grant you that, meaning, “You’re right on that point.”

In the 1600s, the expression to take for granted arose lớn mean “to consider true without requiring proof.” The phrase appeared early on in religious texts.

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As early as the 1620s, take for granted had taken on a negative connotation, implying that someone was assuming something without or not in evidence.

By the 1800s, the expression take for granted began khổng lồ take on the sense of assuming that someone or something would exhibit certain qualities without express instructions. An example comes from an essay from an 1880 issue of Fraser’s Magazine: “That she would acquire a thorough knowledge of the best art of cookery, I take for granted.”

The phrase’s past-participle form, taken for granted, became more widespread in the 19th century. At the time, it was ideas or things that were taken for granted.

By the 20th century, people were being taken for granted in the sense that they were assumed khổng lồ have certain qualities or would do certain things for people (without thanks).

Around the same time, the expression taken for granted came khổng lồ refer to someone who was taken advantage of or whose value was under-appreciated.