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Translation of take to in Spanish:

  • 1verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento 1.1 (respond well to, develop liking for) he didn't take to life in the country no se adaptó a la vida en el campo she doesn't take readily to change no se adapta bien a los cambios I don't take kindly to being talked about behind my back no me hace ninguna gracia que hablen de mí a mis espaldas she took to teaching immediately enseguida le tomó gusto a la enseñanza, la enseñanza se le dio bien desde el principio they took to each other at once se gustaron inmediatamente I never took to him nunca llegó a gustarme 1.2 (form habit of) to take to drink darse* a la bebidato take to -ing she's taken to painting le ha dado por pintar we've taken to using the car more hemos empezado a usar más el coche she's taken to calling us at all hours le ha dado por llamarnos a todas horas 1.3 (go to) to take to the hills [rebels] huir* al monte [walkers] ir* por el monte everyone took to the fire escape todo el mundo se precipitó hacia la salida de incendios to take to the streets echarse a la calle to take to one's bed meterse en cama
  • 2verb + object + preposition + object/verbo + complemento + preposición + complemento (use on) [colloquial/familiar] I had to take a hammer to it le tuve que dar con un martillo she took a belt to him le dio con una correa
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