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Verb: take on
  1. Take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
    "His voice took on a sad tone";
    - assume, acquire, adopt, take
  2. Take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
    - assume, adopt, take over
  3. Accept as a challenge
    "I'll take on this difficult task";
    - undertake, tackle
  4. Admit into a group or community
    "take on students for graduate study";
    - accept, admit, take
  5. Contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
    "Princeton takes on Yale this weekend";
    - meet, encounter, play

Derived forms: taken on, takes on, taking on, took on

Type of: accept, change, confront, face, face up, have, take, take office