take on

verb

Definition of take on

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to begin to perform or deal with :  undertake took on new responsibilitiesb :  to contend with as an opponent took on the neighborhood bully

  3. 2 :  engage, hire

  4. 3a :  to assume or acquire as or as if one's own the city's plaza takes on a carnival air — W. T. LeVinessb :  to have as a mathematical domain or range what values does the function take on

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  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

First Known Use of take on

1567



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