take to


  • Uncle John takes Nellie and Rose to see the well
    Uncle John takes Nellie and Rose to see the well
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take to have a fancy or particular liking or desire for "She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window"
    • v take to develop a habit; apply oneself to a practice or occupation "She took to drink","Men take to the military trades"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

It Takes Nine Baths to Get Down To American Epidermis 304 It Takes Nine Baths to Get Down To American Epidermis 304
"I'm a-goin' to buy that little picter, and I want to know if I can take it home now?" "I'm a-goin' to buy that little picter, and I want to know if I can take it home now?"
Pinocchio Refuses to Take His Medicine Pinocchio Refuses to Take His Medicine
It Does Not Take Opera Music to Get People To Heaven 027 It Does Not Take Opera Music to Get People To Heaven 027
Take to the Chaparral, Condemn You 137 Take to the Chaparral, Condemn You 137
Aeneas asks his companions to take the body Aeneas asks his companions to take the body

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes 12 honeybees to make one teaspoon of honey
    • Take to to apply to: to resort to: to be fond of
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  • John Wooden
    “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “It takes a long time to become young.”
  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
    “It takes three to make a child.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “What you don't know takes a lot of explaining to the children.”
  • Jean Anouilh
    “It takes a certain courage and a certain greatness to be truly base.”
  • Erma Bombeck
    “It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”


It takes a village to raise a child - It takes many people to teach a child all that he or she should know.
It takes two to tango - This idiom is used to suggest that when things go wrong, both sides are involved and neither side is completely innocent.
Take a shine to - If you take a shine to something or someone, you like it or them instantly.
Take sand to the beach - Doing something that is completely pointless or unnecessary is like taking sand to the beach.
Take someone to task - If you take someone to task, you scold them for something they have done wrong.
Take someone to the cleaners - If someone is taken to the cleaners, they are cheated, defrauded or lose a lot of money.
Take someone to the woodshed - If someone is taken to the woodshed, they are punished for something they have done.
Take to your heels - If you take to your heels, you run away.
Take your hat off to somebody - If you take your hat off to someone, you acknowledge that they have done something exceptional or otherwise deserve your respect.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. taken—Scand.; Ice. taka pa.t. tók, pa.p. tekinn); conn. with L. tangĕre, tetig-i, to touch, and with Eng. tack.


In literature:

One day I decided to ask Mrs. Milligan how long it would take me to get back to Toulouse.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
While about it they'd see or hear us, and take to their heels.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
I've no desire to take that long journey with you, but I'm not going to take any chances, either.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
I'm glad they're come, Sir Thomas, because it shows that they mean to take to you.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Rose refused obstinately to take them; to have anything to do with sovereigns.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The order to take to rowing when the sails give but little way on a boat.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
And I say, Lucy,' his eye brightened, 'perhaps Honor will take to him!
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
There is an objection in capturing them that he will have to send one or two men to take them to camp.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
When I become your wife I want to be a woman you are proud to take to your mother.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Two steps forward and one backwards had Rudy to take to keep pace with the others.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
I shall manage to get along without taking to that.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
In less time than it takes to tell, everybody was outside.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Do you think I ought to take to shoemaking?
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
Then he take to de hill just 'bove, cut down pine tops, and make a brush arbor to hold de prachin' in.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
It'll be the worse for Ellen if she takes to that wicked thing.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
What measure did you take to avoid discovery?
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Well, he could not expect her to take to it at once.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
She must take her part, and tell me what it was; I must take mine and adhere to it.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
I'd take to my heels and then I'd stop and look 'round and they'd be gone.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
He doesn't take to most of the boys around here, and I don't blame him.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie

In poetry:

"So take me to the mill,
For then you shall see
What a very, very good boy
I really mean to be."
"Willy and His Sister" by Kate Greenaway
They talk about diseases
And will not be denied,
And what they take to cure them
And how they feel inside;
"The Misanthrope" by Cicely Fox Smith
Take it at night to my pillow,
Kiss it before I sleep,
And again when the delicate morning
Beginneth to peep?
"The Passionate Reader To His Poet" by Richard Le Gallienne
She has no bed to lie upon,
I saw them take her bed.
And I have children--would to God
That they and I were dead!
"Jaspar" by Robert Southey
Look heah, Mister Mockin' Bird,
Gwine to take you at yo' word;
If I meets ma Waterloo,
Gwine to blame it all on you.
"Ma Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey" by James Weldon Johnson
Henceforth I take thee for my own,
And give myself to thee;
Forsake the idols thou hast known,
And yield thyself to me.
"Humbled And Silenced" by John Newton

In news:

How's this for the plot of a suspense thriller to take to the beach.
The story line could apply as easily to the Nets as to a certain other metro-area team that is learning the hard way that youth, athleticism, and supersized payrolls aren't all it takes to win.
Taunton residents take to the polls Saturday to weigh in on the Mashpee Wampanoag's proposed casino for their city.
It's what Andi O'Conor, who lost her house of 20 years to the Fourmile Fire, said it takes to make a successful insurance claim on losses from Colorado's most costly wildfire.
CivWorld at Demos president-director discusses what it will take to bring true democracy to Egypt.
Trailing by a bunch, down to their last strike, they simply stay calm and do what it takes to win.
Priciest pets to take to the vet.
Here are the 10 priciest pets to take to the vet.
More planes to take to the skies Thursday.
What's it going to take to shock us into action.
Herman Cain To Take To The Airwaves.
Ever thought of the hard work it takes to make it to the top.
What did it take to create an accurate age- enhanced sketch of fugitive George Wright with only a 50-year-old mug shot to go by.
LOGAN — Dale Nicholas enrolled at Utah State University with a pretty clear idea of the courses he wanted to take to train for his life's work.
More than 1.1 million hunters are expected to take to the woods in Ohio and Pennsylvania over the next two weeks for deer gun season.

In science:

Assume, to reach a contradiction, that αn(Q) ∼ Q for some non-zero integer n (that we can take to be positive).
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection
In the case of (3) take τ to be an exponentially distributed random variable independent of w.
A simple proof of a result of A. Novikov
FIG. 3: Log-log graph showing the scaling of the number of RW steps N ∗ that takes to reach the first short-cut or the first loop as a function of p.
Small-Worlds, Mazes and Random Walks
Kolmogorov-like inertial range ex tending to small scales, has zero mean, and has relatively little magnetic helicity, which we take to be a reasonable model for magnetic n A1) on 2563 grid points, and then fields in clusters.
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
The closer the distance to the horizon, the more optical cycles it takes to move forward.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
Let f (−, i) denote the characteristic function of the complement of f (−, i), i.e., f (−, i) is the set that f (−, i) takes to 0.
A Universal Approach to Self-Referential Paradoxes, Incompleteness and Fixed Points
Take π to be a B avoiding permutation of length n.
Finitely labeled generating trees and restricted permutations
The relevant tensions in this case are those corresponding to the p spatial world-volume directions which we take to be compactified on equal size circles of circumference L, so that the total volume V = Lp .
General Definition of Gravitational Tension
Despite of the logarithmic dependence on P, the time it takes to achieve high fidelity is still reasonable.
Conclusive and arbitrarily perfect quantum state transfer using parallel spin chain channels
In both cases A is an arbitrary constant which we take to be A = 1.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
Let us write d(v , w) for the graph distance between two vertices of Gn , which we take to be infinite if they lie in different components.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
M⊙ is the average stellar mass which we take to be constant for the present estimate.
Limits on the primordial stellar multiplicity
Take ˆν (⊳, ·) to be a regular conditional probability for ⊳′ given ⊳.
Random orderings of the integers and card shuffling
The adjective “geometrically” can be take to mean here: in the sense of the V-minimal theory.
Integration in valued fields
It is this last, topological reformulation of the Schwinger model that we shall take to four dimensions.
Topological Mass Generation in Four Dimensions