take on
verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to begin to perform or deal with ; undertake <
took on new responsibilities
>
b. to contend with as an opponent <
took on the neighborhood bully
>
2. engage, hire 3. a. to assume or acquire as or as if one's own <
the city's plaza takes on a carnival air — W. T. LeViness
>
b. to have as a mathematical domain or range <
what values does the function take on
>
intransitive verb to show one's feelings especially of grief or anger in a demonstrative way <
she cried, and took on like a distracted body — Daniel Defoe
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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