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acquire, add, adopt, annex, append, attempt, become, begin, commence, develop, embrace, employ, endeavor, engage, enlist, enroll, espouse, handle, hire, launch

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takao, takasaki, takatsuki, takayasu's disease, takayasu's syndrome, take, take a back seat, take a bath, take a bow, take a break, take a chance

Idioms

Origin of take

before 1100; Middle English taken to take, strike, lay hold of, grasp, late Old English tacan to grasp, touch < Old Norse taka to take; cognate with Middle Dutch taken to grasp, Gothic tekan to touch
SYNONYMS FOR take
Related formstak·a·ble, take·a·ble, adjectivetak·er, nounun·tak·a·ble, adjectiveun·take·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedbring take (see synonym study at bring)

Synonym study

1. See bring.
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British Dictionary definitions for take on (1 of 3)

take on


verb (adverb, mainly tr)

to employ or hireto take on new workmen
to assume or acquirehis voice took on a plaintive note
to agree to do; undertakeI'll take on that job for you
to compete against, oppose, or fightI will take him on at tennis; I'll take him on any time
(intr) informal to exhibit great emotion, esp grief

British Dictionary definitions for take on (2 of 3)

take

1
/ (teɪk) /

verb takes, taking, took or taken (mainly tr)

noun

Derived Formstakable or takeable, adjective

Word Origin for take

Old English tacan, from Old Norse taka; related to Gothic tekan to touch

British Dictionary definitions for take on (3 of 3)

take

2
/ (ˈtɑːkɪ) /

noun

NZ a topic or cause

Word Origin for take

Māori
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Idioms and Phrases with take on (1 of 2)

take on


1

Undertake or begin to deal with, as in I took on new responsibilities, or She took on too much when she accepted both assignments. [Early 1300s]

2

Hire, engage, as in We take on extra workers during the busy season. [Early 1600s]

3

Oppose in competition, as in This young wrestler was willing to take on all comers. [Late 1800s]

4

Display strong emotion, as in Don't take on so. [Colloquial; early 1400s]

5

Acquire as, or as if, one's own, as in He took on the look of a prosperous banker. [Late 1700s]

Idioms and Phrases with take on (2 of 2)

take


In addition to the idioms beginning with take

  • take aback
  • take a back seat
  • take a bath
  • take a bow
  • take a break
  • take account of
  • take a chance
  • take a crack at
  • take a dim view of
  • take advantage of
  • take a fall
  • take a fancy to
  • take a fit
  • take after
  • take a gander at
  • take a hand in
  • take a hike
  • take a hint
  • take aim
  • take a joke
  • take a leaf out of someone's book
  • take a leak
  • take a load off one's mind
  • take a look at
  • take amiss
  • take an interest
  • take apart
  • take a picture
  • take a poke at
  • take a powder
  • take a rain check
  • take as gospel
  • take a shellacking
  • take a shine to
  • take aside
  • take a spill
  • take a stand
  • take at face value
  • take a turn for the better
  • take a walk
  • take away from
  • take a whack at
  • take back
  • take by storm
  • take by surprise
  • take care
  • take care of
  • take charge
  • take cover
  • take doing
  • take down
  • take down a notch
  • take effect
  • take exception to
  • take five
  • take flight
  • take for
  • take for a ride
  • take for gospel
  • take for granted
  • take heart
  • take hold
  • take ill
  • take in
  • take in good part
  • take in hand
  • take in stride
  • take into account
  • take into one's confidence
  • take into one's head
  • take into one's own hands
  • take issue with
  • take it
  • take it easy
  • take it from here
  • take it from me
  • take it on the chin
  • take it or leave it
  • take it out of one
  • take it out on
  • take its toll
  • take it upon oneself
  • take kindly to
  • take leave of
  • take liberties
  • take lying down
  • taken aback
  • take no for an answer, not
  • take note
  • take notes
  • taken with, be
  • take off
  • take offense
  • take office
  • take off one's hands
  • take off one's hat to
  • take on
  • take one's breath away
  • take one's chances
  • take one's cue from
  • take one's hat off to
  • take one's leave
  • take one's medicine
  • take one's time
  • take one's word for
  • take on faith
  • take on oneself
  • take out
  • take out of
  • take over
  • take pains
  • take part
  • take pity on
  • take place
  • take potluck
  • take pride in
  • take root
  • take shape
  • take sick
  • take sides
  • take some doing
  • take someone's life
  • take someone's measure
  • take someone's name in vain
  • take someone's part
  • take someone's point
  • take someone's word for
  • take someone at his or her word
  • take someone for a ride
  • take someone in
  • take something
  • take something on faith
  • takes one to know one
  • take steps
  • take stock
  • take stock in
  • takes two
  • take the bit in one's mouth
  • take the bitter with the sweet
  • take the bread out of someone's mouth
  • take the bull by the horns
  • take the cake
  • take the edge off
  • take the fall
  • take the field
  • take the Fifth
  • take the floor
  • take the heat
  • take the initiative
  • take the law into one's hands
  • take the liberty of
  • take the load off
  • take the plunge
  • take the pulse of
  • take the rap
  • take the rough with the smooth
  • take the starch out of
  • take the sting out of
  • take the trouble
  • take the wind out of one's sails
  • take the words out of someone's mouth
  • take the wrong way
  • take to
  • take to heart
  • take to one's heels
  • take to task
  • take to the cleaners
  • take turns
  • take umbrage
  • take up
  • take up a collection
  • take up arms
  • take up for
  • take up on
  • take up space
  • take up where one left off
  • take up with
  • take wing
  • take with a grain of slat

also see:

  • at (take) pains
  • devil take the hindmost
  • double take
  • give and take
  • give or take
  • go to (take) the trouble
  • have (take) a crack at
  • have (take) a fit
  • in (take) effect
  • (take) in good part
  • in tow, take
  • it takes all sorts
  • it takes getting used to
  • it takes one to know one
  • (take) off one's hands
  • (take) on faith
  • on the take
  • pay your money and take your choice
  • pride oneself (take pride in)
  • (take a) rain check
  • sit up and take notice
  • that's (takes care of) that
  • what do you take me for
  • what it takes
  • (take) with a grain of salt
  • you can lead (take) a horse to water
  • you can't take it with you
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