take on


take on

verb

Definition of TAKE ON

1
to enter into contest or conflict with <will take on his chief opponent in the next political debate>
Related Words emulate, rival; contend, fight, oppose
Near Antonyms elude, escape, evade; retreat
2
to provide with a paying job <decided to take her on as store manager>
Synonyms assume, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], pay, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take on
Near Antonyms furlough, lay off, lock out
Antonyms ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack
3
to take for one's own use (something originated by another) <recently arrived immigrants who are eager to take on the language and culture of their adopted homeland>

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