Definition of Take to

1. Verb. Have a fancy or particular liking or desire for. "They take to more bread"; "She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window"

Exact synonyms: Fancy, Go For
Entails: Like
Generic synonyms: Desire, Want
Derivative terms: Fancier, Fancy

2. Verb. Develop a habit; apply oneself to a practice or occupation. "Men take to the military trades"

Definition of Take to

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To adapt to; to learn, grasp or master. ¹

2. Verb. (idiomatic) To enter; to go into or move towards. ¹

3. Verb. (idiomatic) To begin, as a new habit or practice. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Take To

take the rap
take the red pill
take the reins
take the road
take the shadow for the substance
take the stage
take the stand
take the stump
take the veil
take the wheel
take the wind out of someone's sails
take things as they come
take time
take time by the forelock
take time off
take to (current term)
take to be
take to heart
take to one's bed
take to one's heels
take to pieces
take to task
take to the cleaners
take to the hills
take to the streets
take to the woods
take turns
take umbrage
take up
take up a collection

Literary usage of Take to

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York by Daniel Defoe (1790)
"... be the beft method they could take to keep them from one another, told them they would do them no harm; and if they would live peaceably they would be ..."

2. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1850)
"To take to do, to take to task, to take a talking to, to reprove. ... To take to anything, to answer for the truth of it ; to stand to a bargain. ..."

3. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1888)
"take to unite from replied, and leave a musical instrument. ... EXAMPLE : Take to work on metal from expanding, and leave a small rope. ..."

4. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"T» TAKE to. To apply to; to be fond of. Have him understand it as a play of older people, and he will take to it of himself. Locke. ..."

5. A new pronouncing dictionary of the Spanish and English languages by Mariano Velázquez de la Cadena, Edward Gray, Juan L. Iribas (1902)
"Apoderarse, adquirir, tomar posesión de algo ; (2J derivar. To take to. Aplicarse al estudio; tomar afición a alguna cosa ; recurrir. To take to heart. ..."

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