take to

verb

took to; taken to; taking to; takes 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/smoking
He's recently taken to staying up late on weekends.
A few of her classmates took to calling her Pipi, after Pippi Longstocking …Calvin Tomkins
Recently, 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

Examples of take to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 26-year-old driver was taken to a hospital and declared dead there, a 30-year-old passenger was treated for serious injuries, police said. David Clarey, Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2024 Police said Hinnant collapsed in the drive-through lane, was detained and then taken to a hospital. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024 Advertisement The infant was pronounced dead at the scene, and the girl was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries, the law enforcement source said. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 The injured officer was taken to a hospital and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Becchina said. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 9 Apr. 2024 After the shooting, Arnold was taken to nearby HCA Florida Aventura Hospital and died Sunday. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 8 Apr. 2024 Mario Tama/Getty Images People also took to the skies during the eclipse, boarding special flights along the path of totality. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 8 Apr. 2024 Both men died before they could be taken to a hospital. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 One person was killed and four others, including a firefighter, were taken to a hospital on Thursday after a fire erupted on the eighth floor of a downtown D.C. apartment building that houses mostly senior citizens, authorities said. Olivia Diaz, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of take to was in the 14th century

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“Take to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20to. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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