take (someone) at (their) word


take (someone) at (their) word
take (someone) at (their) word to decide to believe exactly what someone tells you, even if it does not seem likely to be true.

When he said he'd give me a job, I took him at his word and turned up the next day at his office.


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  • take someone at their word — phrase to do something as a result of what someone has said, even though they may not have meant exactly what they said He said he didn’t mind what we did, and we took him at his word. Thesaurus: to believe or accept that something is true or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take someone at their word — ► take someone at their word assume that a person is speaking honestly or sincerely. Main Entry: ↑word …   English terms dictionary

  • take someone at their word — to do something as a result of what someone has said, even though they may not have meant exactly what they said He said he didn t mind what we did, and we took him at his word …   English dictionary

  • take someone at their word — interpret a person s words literally. → word …   English new terms dictionary

  • word — ► NOUN 1) a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used to form sentences with others. 2) a remark or statement. 3) (a word) even the smallest amount of something spoken or written: don t believe a word. 4) (words) angry talk.… …   English terms dictionary

  • word — [[t]wɜ͟ː(r)d[/t]] ♦ words, wording, worded 1) N COUNT A word is a single unit of language that can be represented in writing or speech. In English, a word has a space on either side of it when it is written. The words stood out clearly on the… …   English dictionary

  • word — word1 [ wɜrd ] noun *** ▸ 1 unit of language ▸ 2 short conversation/talk ▸ 3 news/information ▸ 4 of advice/praise etc. ▸ 5 things someone says/sings ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) count a single unit of written or spoken language: The Latin word for a table… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • word — noun 1》 a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used to form sentences with others. 2》 a remark or statement.     ↘[with negative] (a word) even the smallest amount of something spoken or written: don t believe a word.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • word — I UK [wɜː(r)d] / US [wɜrd] noun Word forms word : singular word plural words *** 1) [countable] a single unit of written or spoken language The first word that many babies speak is Mama . Can you read the words on this page? The Latin word for a… …   English dictionary

  • word — /wɜd / (say werd) noun 1. a sound or a combination of sounds, or its written or printed representation, used in any language as the sign of a concept. 2. Grammar an element which can stand alone as an utterance, not divisible into two or more… …   Australian English dictionary