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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 staff at the moment.
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  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.
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  3. 3
    to accept some work or responsibility
    I can’t take on any more work at the moment.
  4. 4
    to fight or compete against someone
    This evening Manchester United take on Barcelona.
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  5. 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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