What does ' Take Denver' mean?

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joham

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What does 'Take Denver' mean in the following sentences, Consider Denver, or Take Denver for example? (These sentences are taken from Bill Bryson's A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING)

There are also many surface features that tectonics can’t explain. Take Denver. It is, as
everyone knows, a mile high, but that rise is comparatively recent. When dinosaurs roamed
the Earth, Denver was part of an ocean bottom, many thousands of feet lower. Yet the rocks
on which Denver sits are not fractured or deformed in the way they would be if Denver had
been pushed up by colliding plates, and anyway Denver was too far from the plate edges to be
susceptible to their actions.
 

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Take Denver for example.
 

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Though I don't see much difference between that and "Consider Denver."
 

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Neither do I. I should have noted both.
 

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I take it to mean "consider". We use it quite a lot in that sense.


I like Australian actors. Take Hugh Jackman. He's been in some great stuff and he's really versatile.
Huge department stores are very confusing. Take Selfridges. I was once lost in there for three hours!
I'm not sure green vegetables are all that good for you. Take broccoli for example. It makes the kitchen smell bad and I swear it gives me terrible wind.

As 5jj said, there is an implied (and sometimes said) "for example" after the name.

(I would like to point out that with the exception of statement #1 above, these are not my true opinions!)
 

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One difference:

"Consider my wife. Please." is not funny.
 

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