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English verb: take on

1. take on (change) take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect


SamplesHis voice took on a sad tone.
The story took a new turn.
He adopted an air of superiority.
She assumed strange manners.
The gods assume human or animal form in these fables.


Synonymsacquire, adopt, assume, take


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)re-assume

2. take on (social) take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities


SamplesWhen will the new President assume office?.


Synonymsadopt, assume, take over


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)take office


Narrower (hyponym)resume

3. take on (social) accept as a challenge


SamplesI'll tackle this difficult task.


Synonymstackle, undertake


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)confront, face, face up


Narrower (hyponym)rise

4. take on (possession) admit into a group or community


SamplesAccept students for graduate study.
We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member.


ExamplesSam cannot take on Sue


Synonymsaccept, admit, take


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)accept, have, take


Narrower (hyponym)profess


Verb groupadmit, include, let in

5. take on (competition) contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle


SamplesPrinceton plays Yale this weekend.
Charlie likes to play Mary.


Synonymsencounter, meet, play


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)confront, face, replay


Entailcompete, contend, vie


Verb groupplay, play, play, play









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