(third-person singular simple present takes on, present participle taking on, simple past took on, past participle taken on)
- To acquire, bring in, or introduce.
- The ship took on cargo in Norfolk yesterday.
- (idiomatic) To begin to have or exhibit.
- In the dark, the teddy bear took on the appearance of a fearsome monster.
- (idiomatic) To assume responsibility for.
- I'll take on the project if no one else will.
- (idiomatic) To attempt to fight or compete.
- I don't recommend taking on that bully, since he's bigger than you are.
- (intransitive, colloquial) To catch on, do well; to become popular.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To show emotion, to grieve or be concerned about something or someone.