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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theytake on
he/she/ittakes on
present participletaking on
past tensetook on
past participletaken on
  1. 1
    to start to employ someone

    We're not taking on any new workers at this time.

  2. 2
    take on something to develop a particular character or appearance

    Our website is taking on a new look.

    The war took on a different meaning for everyone involved.

  3. 4
    to fight or compete against someone

    This evening the Packers take on the Eagles.

  4. 5

    take on

    or

    take upon

    to decide to do something without asking permission from anyone else
    take it on/upon yourself (to do something):

    My mother took it on herself to invite them.

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