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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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