■ take to

■ take to
■ take to
v. i. + prep.
1 portare (o accompagnare) a (o in, da): I took the cheque to the bank, ho portato in banca l'assegno; I'll take the boy to school, accompagno a scuola il ragazzo; Take me to your boss!, portami dal tuo capo!
2 fuggire verso; ritirarsi in; darsi a: to take to the mountains, fuggire verso i monti; ritirarsi sulle montagne; to take to the bush, darsi alla macchia
3 (fig.) darsi a; mettersi a; prendere a; cominciare a (fare qc.): to take to drink (o to drinking) darsi al bere (o all'alcol); He's taken to reading detective stories, s'è messo a leggere gialli
4 applicare, usare (uno strumento: per fare qc.): You must take a screwdriver to it, qui ti ci vuole un cacciavite!
5 affezionarsi a (q.); prendere (q.) in: to take a liking [a dislike] to sb., prendere q. in simpatia [in antipatia] □ to take sb. to one's arms, prendere q. tra le braccia □ to take to one's bed, mettersi a letto (per riposarsi o per malattia) □ to take st. to bits (o to pieces), fare a pezzi qc. □ (naut.) to take to the boats, salire sulle lance di salvataggio □ to take to boats (o to water), correre alle barche (o alle navi); imbarcarsi □ to take sb. to one's breast (o bosom), stringere al petto q. □ (leg.) to take sb. to court, portare q. in tribunale; citare q. in giudizio □ to take st. to heart, prendere a cuore qc.to take to one's heels, darsela a gambe; scappare □ to take sb. to one side, prendere q. in disparte (o da parte) □ (naut.) to take to the open sea, prendere il largo □ to take to the road, darsi al vagabondaggio; (teatr.: di una compagnia) fare una tournée in provincia □ to take sb. to task, rimproverare q. □ (arc.) to take to wife, prendere in moglie; sposare.

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