Meaning of take something personally in English:

take something personally

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  • Interpret a remark or action as directed against oneself and be upset or offended by it.

    ‘at first I took it personally when he yelled at me’
    • ‘The judge in question took the remark personally and filed a complaint.’
    • ‘I was really upset about this and took it personally.’
    • ‘I took the whole thing personally for about a half an hour, and then I decided to set it aside.’
    • ‘He took it personally and came raging back straight away.’
    • ‘But of course I took it personally, like I always do.’
    • ‘One of my favorite online friends, Melissa, took it personally when she IM'd me today and I didn't respond.’
    • ‘It is a matter of responding, rather than reacting, and not taking things personally.’
    • ‘Martin has a habit of taking things personally.’
    • ‘The fact that I mention this today doesn't mean that I'm taking it personally.’
    • ‘They often take things personally, and their feelings are hurt easily.’
    take something as an insult, regard something as a slight, take something amiss, take offence at, be offended by
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