take on

verb
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of take on

transitive verb
1 a :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 :engage, hire
3 a :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

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

take on Synonyms

Synonyms
battle, encounter, face, meet, engage
Antonyms
ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack
Related Words
emulate, rival; contend, fight, oppose
Near Antonyms
elude, escape, evade; retreat


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