What does take on mean?

Definitions for take on

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word take on.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. assume, acquire, adopt, take on, take(verb)

    take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect

    "His 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"

  2. assume, adopt, take on, take over(verb)

    take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities

    "When will the new President assume office?"

  3. undertake, tackle, take on(verb)

    accept as a challenge

    "I'll tackle this difficult task"

  4. accept, admit, take, take on(verb)

    admit into a group or community

    "accept students for graduate study"; "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"

  5. meet, encounter, play, take on(verb)

    contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

    "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary"


  1. take on(Verb)

    To acquire, bring in, or introduce.

  2. take on(Verb)

    To begin to have or exhibit.

  3. take on(Verb)

    To assume responsibility for.

  4. take on(Verb)

    To attempt to fight or compete.

  5. take on(Verb)

    To catch on, do well; to become popular.

Anagrams for take on »

  1. aketon, no-take


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of take on in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of take on in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. J. S. Habgood:

    Movements born in hatred very quickly take on the characteristics of the thing they oppose.

  2. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    Like dealing with Dad-all give and no take. (On negotiating with Soviet Premier Nikita S Khrushchev)

  3. Grace Slick:

    Insignificant events can take on monumental proportions when your head is full of practically nothing.

  4. Oprah Winfrey:

    The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.

  5. Michael Korda:

    Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility... in the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have... is the ability to take on responsibility.

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Translations for take on

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • antreten, auf sich nehmen, aufnehmen, annehmen, übernehmen, einbringenGerman
  • αντιμετωπίζωGreek
  • desafiarSpanish
  • kilpaillaFinnish
  • provarci, prendere le sembianze, caricare, prendere in carico, assumere, affrontare, sfidareItalian
  • introduceren, uitdagen, innemen, opnemen, aannemenDutch

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