take on

took on; taken on; taking on; takes on

Definition of take on

transitive verb

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
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

intransitive verb

: 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

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Examples of take on in a Sentence

will take on his chief opponent in the next political debate decided to take her on as store manager
Recent Examples on the Web Cook over medium-low heat until the onions are translucent but the vegetables do not take on color, about 12 minutes. Kate Krader, Bloomberg.com, "A Star Chef Breaks the Rules With a One-Hour Bolognese Sauce," 15 Jan. 2021 The restaurant’s Tasha Grande is Malibu’s take on the McDonald’s Big Mac, though the sandwich’s $18.50 price tag immediately flagged the difference between the two. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Two growing Bay Area restaurants, Malibu’s and Amy’s, serve craveable fast-food burgers — just without the meat," 14 Jan. 2021 The pork ribs were competition quality, with just the right give-and-take on the bone and a dry rub with a hint of jalapeño ($9 per half-pound). Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Among San Antonio’s best barbecue restaurants are 3 new places that opened in the last year," 7 Jan. 2021 But industry watchers say government support has helped the startup world shed a once-disreputable image and take on a measure of Silicon Valley cool. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "Japan Plays Catch-Up in Venture Capital as Rivals Boom," 26 Dec. 2020 Mysteries are more easily revealed and your genuine desires take on more weight now. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for December 24, 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 Coastal Carolina is making the first bowl appearance in school history and will take on Liberty (9-1) in one of the strongest non-New Year’s Six bowl matchups. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, "Coastal Carolina’s incoming president protests playoff snub," 23 Dec. 2020 When Alvarez elected to move on and take on the likes of Daniel Jacobs and Sergey Kovalev, the moment vanished. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Canelo Alvarez had a chance to elevate his ambitions, and it’s gone," 20 Dec. 2020 Skarsgård remains a reliable go-to for charismatic villains, and his bad-boy take on the devilish Flagg is engrossing. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'The Stand' review: CBS All Access makes a somewhat entertaining mess out of Stephen King's epic," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of take on

1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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21 Jan 2021

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“Take on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20on. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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