take on

take on


  • someone’s take on something is their opinion on a matter
  • to be overly emotional about something
  • to undertake to do something (assume responsibility for)
  • to hire someone
  • to acquire the characteristics of something
  • to fight someone for something
  • to acquire something

Example Sentences

  1. I don’t agree with your take on the matter, but I will respect your choice.
  2. He did not have the same take on the movie as I did.
  3. Please don’t take on about this. It is not the end of the world.
  4. Even though I have a lot of work I am never scared to take on some more.
  5. We will need to take on new seasonal workers over the holiday season.
  6. In the dark, the tree started to take on the appearance of a monster.
  7. The competition has taken on more importance now that the prize money will be donated to charity.
  8. I am willing to take him on if he disrespects me again.
  9. Liverpool will take on Manchester United in the final this weekend.
  10. The boat took on cargo.


The origin of the idiom is not apparent, but it can be related to the word “take”. It is an Old Norse word meaning to grasp or lay hold of.

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