take to

took to; taken to; taking to; takes to

Definition of take to

transitive verb

1 : to go to or into (a place) take to the woods/hills Thousands of people took to the streets in protest. [=went out into the streets to protest] He took to the airwaves [=he spoke on the radio] with his message.
2 : to begin doing (something) as a habit or regular practice take to drink usually used with a following present participle take to drinking/smokingHe's recently taken to staying up late on weekends.A few of her classmates took to calling her Pipi, after Pippi Longstocking …— Calvin TomkinsRecently, he'd taken to wearing tuxedos and suits and had gotten a new car, she said.— Laura Italiano and Tamar Lapin
3 : to adapt oneself to They haven't taken well to the new schedule.
4 : to start to have a liking for I took to her immediately. He tried skiing and took to it quickly. [=he quickly learned how to ski and liked doing it]

Note: To take to something like a duck (takes) to water is to begin to do it, use it, etc., in a very quick, easy, and natural way.

She took to horseback riding like a duck to water. Deanna takes to student life like a duck takes to water, doing all the things that we all did …— Joe Anderton — see also take kindly to

First Known Use of take to

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Take to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20to. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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