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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytake for
he/she/ittakes for
present participletaking for
past tensetook for
past participletaken for
  1. take someone/something for someone/something to believe something, usually wrongly, about someone or something

    She looks so young I took her for your sister.

    Do you take me for a complete idiot?

    what do you take me for?:

    I won’t tell anybody – what do you take me for? (=I am not that type of person)

See also main entry: take


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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