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take on

verb

Definition of take on

  • transitive verb
    1. 1a :  to begin to perform or deal with :  undertake <took on new responsibilities>b :  to contend with as an opponent <took on the neighborhood bully>

    2. 2 :  engage, hire

    3. 3a :  to assume or acquire as or as if one's own <the city's plaza takes on a carnival air — W. T. LeViness>b :  to have as a mathematical domain or range <what values does the function take on>

    4. intransitive verb
    5. :  to show one's feelings especially of grief or anger in a demonstrative way <she cried, and took on like a distracted body — Daniel Defoe>



    Examples of take on in a sentence

    1. <will take on his chief opponent in the next political debate>

    2. <decided to take her on as store manager>



    15th Century

    First Known Use of take on

    15th century



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