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 In 2018, Sowore moved the operations of Sahara Reporters to Nigeria and took on the daunting task of running for president in a country of 200 million people. Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo, Quartz Africa, "A New York-based journalist has become the face of shrinking press freedom in Nigeria," 16 Nov. 2019 Charlie’s Angels is the 2019 update of the classic 1976 TV series about a trio of women who work for the mysterious Townsend Agency taking on cases and clients who need private security and investigative help. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Sony Is Marketing the 'Charlie's Angels' Reboot," 16 Nov. 2019 There are many risks an NFL QB assumes with every snap taken on the field,’’ Younger tweeted. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Myles Garrett suspended at least the final 6 games & postseason for clubbing Mason Rudolph; Larry Ogunjobi gets 1 game," 15 Nov. 2019 And Saturday brings us the final major race of 2019, when incumbent Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana takes on GOP challenger Eddie Rispone in the state’s gubernatorial runoff. NBC News, "Unlike Bill Clinton, Trump is unable to compartmentalize impeachment," 15 Nov. 2019 Both teams are coming off byes, and both coaches had different takes on the timing. azcentral, "Arizona Wildcats football, Oregon looking for momentum coming off bye week," 15 Nov. 2019 Joaquin Phoenix’s twisted take on the Batman villain marks the seventh movie this year (and first that’s not from Disney or Marvel) to join the elusive billion-dollar club. Rebecca Rubin, chicagotribune.com, "‘Joker’ becomes first R-rated movie in history to hit $1 billion globally," 15 Nov. 2019 The plan might include actions such as getting started on a brain-healthy diet, giving up smoking or drinking, adding more social activities, or taking on aerobic exercise. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Don’t just fear memory loss. Take action now to keep your brain sharp.," 14 Nov. 2019 Johnson, who took on the Hobo name after a spell of homelessness living out of his car, can now afford a roof over his head. Chris Varias, Cincinnati.com, "From living out of his car to rapping about peach scones ... Meet Hobo Johnson," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of take on

1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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21 Nov 2019

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The first known use of take on was in 1567

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