Meaning of take someone at their word in English:

take someone at their word

phrase

  • Interpret a person's words literally, especially by believing them or doing as they suggest.

    ‘I take him at his word, for I cannot go to see for myself’
    • ‘I also believe that we would do well to take them at their word.’
    • ‘I'm only sorry that we didn't go public at the time… we took them at their word, but nothing has been done and four more years have passed.’
    • ‘When clubs begged us two years ago to do whatever was needed to get fixtures played in one calendar year we took them at their word.’
    • ‘Maybe we should take them at their word, and ask if they already do?’
    • ‘Everybody seemed to take them at their word but after just a few weeks, they have gone the other way.’
    • ‘I learned that if someone says they are planning to kill you, it is wise to take them at their word.’
    • ‘Without sitting in on their selection meetings, we can only take them at their word.’
    • ‘The farmers always said there was no room for sentiment in agriculture and so we'll take them at their word.’
    • ‘Not knowing who the individuals are at the moment, we have to take them at their word.’
    • ‘If we take them at their word, the war is not going to solve this issue.’