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Definition 1: take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect - [verb of change]

Samples where take on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for take on in the sense of this definition

(take on is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of take on ) take on again, as after a time lapse

"He re-assumed his old behavior"

Definition 2: contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle - [verb of competition]

Samples where take on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Princeton plays Yale this weekend
  • Charlie likes to play Mary

Synonyms for take on in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of take on ) oppose, as in hostility or a competition

"You must confront your opponent" "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring" "The two enemies finally confronted each other"

(... is a kind of take on ) repeat a game against the same opponent

"Princeton replayed Harvard"

(take on implies ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

(take on has a similar meaning as ...) participate in games or sport

"We played hockey all afternoon" "play cards" "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

(take on has a similar meaning as ...) employ in a game or in a specific position

"They played him on first base"

(take on has a similar meaning as ...) use or move

"I had to play my queen"

(take on has a similar meaning as ...) shoot or hit in a particular manner

"She played a good backhand last night"

Definition 3: admit into a group or community - [verb of possession]

Samples where take on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for take on in the sense of this definition

(take on is a kind of ...) receive willingly something given or offered

"The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter" "I won't have this dog in my house!" "Please accept my present"

(... is a kind of take on ) receive into a religious order or congregation

(take on has a similar meaning as ...) allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of

"admit someone to the profession" "She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar"

Samples where take on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I'll tackle this difficult task

Synonyms for take on in the sense of this definition

(take on is a kind of ...) deal with (something unpleasant) head on

"You must confront your problems" "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"

(... is a kind of take on ) exert oneself to meet a challenge

"rise to a challenge" "rise to the occasion"

Samples where take on or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • When will the new President assume office?

Synonyms for take on in the sense of this definition

(take on is a kind of ...) assume an office, duty, or title

"When will the new President take office?"

(... is a kind of take on ) assume anew

"resume a title" "resume an office" "resume one's duties"

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