take on

verb

Definition of take on

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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>

  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. LeViness>b :  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>

1567

First Known Use of take on

1567



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