take on


  1. To acquire, bring in, or introduce.
    The ship took on cargo in Norfolk yesterday.
  2. To begin to have or exhibit.
    In the dark, the teddy bear took on the appearance of a fearsome monster.
  3. To assume responsibility for.
    I'll take on the project if no one else will.
  4. To attempt to fight or compete.
    I don't recommend taking on that bully, since he's bigger than you are.
  5. To catch on, do well; to become popular.
  6. To show emotion, to grieve or be concerned about something or someone.

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