take on

  1. accept as a challenge
    I'll tackle this difficult task
  2. take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
    he adopted an air of superiority
    His voice took on a sad tone
    She assumed strange manners
    The story took a new turn
    The gods assume human or animal form in these fables
  3. admit into a group or community
    We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member
    accept students for graduate study
  4. contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
    Princeton plays Yale this weekend
    Charlie likes to play Mary
  5. take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
    When will the new President assume office?
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How To Use take on In A Sentence

  • During adolescence , boys and girls will take on secondary sexual characteristics.
  • He asked me bluntly, ‘Why would you want to leave private life and take on such a difficult, dangerous and probably thankless job?’
  • People are always spouting off with definitive answers about what design is… except that everyone has a different take on it.
  • The officials and diplomats spoke anonymously because of the delicacy of the negotiations on what tack to take on Iran.
  • This meant that they had to take on Fighter Command, led by Sir Hugh Dowding, of the Royal Air Force.
  • "I think that is a huge mistake on at least three counts."
  • I based myself at Ibsen's, an art-filled eco-friendly hotel on fashionable Nansensgade, an easy walk from the city center and after viewing artwork at the National Gallery of Denmark, I lunched at Aamann's, specializing in a modern take on the traditional open-faced Danish sandwich called the smorrebrod. Jill Fergus: Copenhagen Dining Beyond Noma
  • A person does not take one emotional thump in the face and willingly put himself up for more. Times, Sunday Times
  • Hannah lent me a sleeping bag since I didn't take one and I managed to find space in a room with a carpet to sleep.
  • Clinical assessments were estimated to take on average 9.8 minutes for a regular review and 13.4 minutes for an annual review.
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