take on

verb
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
2 : engage, hire
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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Synonyms for take on

Synonyms

battle, encounter, engage, face, meet

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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

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First Known Use of take on

1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of take on was in 1567

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