take on

take on
verb
1. take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect (Freq. 10)
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His voice took on a sad tone

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The story took a new turn

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he adopted an air of superiority

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She assumed strange manners

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The gods assume human or animal form in these fables

Syn: ↑assume, ↑acquire, ↑adopt, ↑take
Hypernyms: ↑change
Hyponyms: ↑re-assume
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

2. take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities (Freq. 6)
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When will the new President assume office?

Syn: ↑assume, ↑adopt, ↑take over
Derivationally related forms: ↑assumption (for: ↑assume)
Hypernyms: ↑take office
Hyponyms: ↑resume
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

3. accept as a challenge (Freq. 2)
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I'll tackle this difficult task

Syn: ↑undertake, ↑tackle
Hypernyms: ↑confront, ↑face up, ↑face
Hyponyms: ↑rise
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

4. contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle (Freq. 1)
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Princeton plays Yale this weekend

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Charlie likes to play Mary

Syn: ↑meet, ↑encounter, ↑play
Derivationally related forms: ↑play (for: ↑play), ↑playing (for: ↑play), ↑encounter (for: ↑encounter), ↑meet (for: ↑meet)
Hyponyms: ↑confront, ↑face, ↑replay
Verb Group: ↑play
Entailment: ↑compete, ↑vie, ↑contend
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

5. admit into a group or community (Freq. 1)
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accept students for graduate study

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We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member

Syn: ↑accept, ↑admit, ↑take
Hypernyms: ↑accept, ↑take, ↑have
Hyponyms: ↑profess
Verb Group: ↑admit, ↑let in, ↑include
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Sam cannot take on Sue

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take on [phrasal verb]
1 take on (something) or take (something) on
1 a : to begin to deal with (something, such as a job or responsibility)

I don't have time to take on any new responsibilities right now.

We are depending on you to take on this important assignment.

Her willingness to take on new challenges is admirable.

1 b : to begin to have (a particular quality or appearance)

Her writings took on new meaning after her death.

In the evening, the plaza takes on a different air/aura.

stories in which animals take on human attributes

The story was broadcast throughout the world and began to take on a life of its own. [=to become very large, important, and hard to control]

The story has taken on mythic proportions. [=it has become very famous or important]

2 take on (someone or something) or take (someone or something) on
2 a : to fight or struggle with (someone or something)

Police have been taking on the neighborhood's drug dealers.

She's not afraid to take on her critics/detractors directly.

They will need lots of money and resources to take on the tobacco companies.

: to criticize or argue against (someone or something)

She takes on the country's current foreign policy in her new book.

taking on sexism in the music industry

2 b : to compete against (a person, team, etc.)

The Yankees are set to take on the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium tonight.

She took him on in a game of tennis.

2 c : to allow (someone or something) to enter

The train took on a few more passengers before leaving the city.

The ship sprung a leak and began to take on water. [=water began getting into the ship]

3 take on (someone) or take (someone) on : to accept (someone) as an employee, client, etc.

I'm sorry, but the doctor isn't taking on [=taking] any new patients.

She agreed to take him on as an assistant.

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Main Entry:take

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  • take — ► VERB (past took; past part. taken) 1) lay hold of with one s hands; reach for and hold. 2) occupy (a place or position). 3) capture or gain possession of by force. 4) carry or bring with one; convey. 5) remove from a place. 6) …   English terms dictionary

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  • Take — Take, v. i. 1. To take hold; to fix upon anything; to have the natural or intended effect; to accomplish a purpose; as, he was inoculated, but the virus did not take. Shak. [1913 Webster] When flame taketh and openeth, it giveth a noise. Bacon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take — vb took, tak·en, tak·ing vt 1 a: to obtain control, custody, or possession of often by assertive or intentional means b: to seize or interfere with the use of (property) by governmental authority; specif: to acquire title to for public use by… …   Law dictionary

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  • Take on me — ist ein Lied und Nummer Eins Hit der norwegischen Popband a ha, welches von ihrem ersten Album Hunting High and Low aus dem Jahr 1985 stammt. Aufgenommen wurde der Titel bereits 1984, jedoch schaffte er es erst mit dem dritten Anlauf zum Nummer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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