take on


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take on take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect "His voice took on a sad tone","The story took a new turn","he adopted an air of superiority","She assumed strange manners","The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"
    • v take on contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle "Princeton plays Yale this weekend","Charlie likes to play Mary"
    • v take on admit into a group or community "accept students for graduate study","We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"
    • v take on take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities "When will the new President assume office?"
    • v take on accept as a challenge "I'll tackle this difficult task"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Each year 50,000 earthquakes take place on this planet.
    • Take on to take upon: to claim a character:
    • Take on (coll.) to grieve
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  • Edward Dahlberg
    “There is hardly a man on earth who will take advice unless he is certain that it is positively bad.”
  • Mary Caroline Richards
    “To have character is to be big enough to take life on.”
  • Ann Oakley
    Ann Oakley
    “There are always women who will take men on their own terms. If I were a man I wouldn't bother to change while there are women like that around.”
  • Les Brown
    “You take on the responsibility for making your dream a reality.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “I think I am one of those who can manage not to take on a completely different appearance under their own glance.”
  • Charles Fillmore
    Charles Fillmore
    “All causes are essentially mental, and whosoever comes into daily contact with a high order of thinking must take on some of it.”


On the take - (UK) Someone who is stealing from work is on the take.
Take it on the chin - If you take something on the chin, something bad happens to you and you take it directly without fuss.
What's your take on that? - This idiom is way of asking someone for their opinion and ideas.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. taken—Scand.; Ice. taka pa.t. tók, pa.p. tekinn); conn. with L. tangĕre, tetig-i, to touch, and with Eng. tack.


In literature:

Jest you have this rope undone and I'll take a pair on you.
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
At this point we sat down on the bank to rest and take some refreshment, when Quambo pulled out his pipe.
"Afar in the Forest" by W.H.G. Kingston
The captain then made signs to him to dress, as he intended taking them both on shore with him.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
Pat having lighted a fire on the beach, the party sat down to take their last breakfast on the shore.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
This she at once did, and I was sent on board to take possession.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
The latter, however, my uncle recommended me to take on board.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
Then, taking a basin of it myself, I ran up on deck with another for Jim.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
The captain and Walter went on taking their observation full in sight of the crew forward, as if there were nothing to trouble them.
"The South Sea Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
Dat was so good dat I jest take one measley lil' bite of honey and melted butter on my way to de 'quarter.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Some take a fork, and lay a piece on the napkin or tumbler by each plate.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher

In poetry:

No sweet voice pleads with mamma
"Tell me a 'tory" now,
And only death can take away
The shadow on my brow.
"A Regret" by Madge Morris Wagner
I pray you, Christ, to change my heart,
To make it whole;
Once you took on flesh like mine,
Now take my soul.
"Christ's Bounty" by Anonymous Irish
I look upon the sky above,
On all things here below,
And take unto myself their love,
And daily stronger grow.
"The Last Sweet Walk" by Alexander Anderson
We do not know — we can but deem,
And he is loyalest and best
Who takes the light full on his breast
And follows it throughout the dream.
"To E.S. Salomon" by Ambrose Bierce
I tire so of hearing people say, Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.
I do not need my freedom when I'm dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow's bread.
"Democracy" by Langston Hughes
But scorn has died on your lips, and through you
Shines out star-bright an immortal grace,
As though God then to His heaven drew you,
And sent an angel to take your place.
"Years Ago" by Victor James Daley

In news:

It follows OSU's 20-14 win over Kansas OSU takes on Iowa State at home on Saturday.
When runners take on a training program, they focus on building endurance and speed.
Two old rivals will meet for the first time since 2003 when the red-hot Bobcats take on the Ottumwa Bulldogs on Friday night.
One of the greatest on the international sports scene offers his take on who's the best.
In three days, the newest era of Nets basketball will tip off when the Nets take the floor inside Barclays Center for a regular-season game for the first time, taking on the Knicks.
HTT product editor Cecile B Corral offers her take on what's going on in the White House in.
Join Sports Radio KJR at the Showbox SoDo on Sunday, December 9th, for a pre-game party before the Seahawks take on the Arizona Cardinals at home.
Two tickets to see the Wizards take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, November 9th.
With rumors of on going budget cuts surrounding the show, John Slattery gives us his take on what could happen to his character Roger Sterling.
Another fascinating bit of transcription from recently-released tapes of conversations between Nixon and Billy Graham, this time focusing on Nixon's take on Catholics of the day.
The Sun's David Zurawik talks about the return of 'Homeland' on Showtime on WYPR FM's 'Take on Television.'.
Though the Mohawk Valley didn't take on historic flooding from Hurricane Sandy this week, people in the Schoharie and Mohawk valleys on Tuesday said history was made anyway.
On Friday, September 2nd at 8pm, the US Men's National Team will be taking on Costa Rica in Carson, CA.
From his perch on the couch in his Anaheim living room, Mike Gomez will be glued to the TV on Saturday to watch his beloved UCLA Bruins take on the USC Trojans in one of the most heated rivalries in college football.
David Fincher's take on Stieg Larsson leaves its mark on Blu-ray.

In science:

Thus b and u+ take on the role of a (modified) reflection coefficient and Jost solution relative to the periodic background Vper , respectively.
Localization for Discrete One Dimensional Random Word Models
Figure 7) the shell takes on a more spherical appearance.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
In the diluted xy -model the exchange integral is assumed to take on the values K and 0 respectively with probability p and 1 − p.
Corrections to Scaling in Random Resistor Networks and Diluted Continuous Spin Models near the Percolation Threshold
By repeating this process many times, we can determine the probability distribution of Nobs , which we then use to constrain the population and with a Bayesian analysis derive the probability expectation that the actual Galactic DNS in-spiral rate takes on a particular value, given the observations.
The Cosmic Coalescence Rates for Double Neutron Star Binaries
Fig. 1.— Probability density function that represents our expectation that the actual DNS binary merger rate in the Galaxy (bottom axis) and the predicted initial LIGO rate (top axis) take on particular values, given the observations.
The Cosmic Coalescence Rates for Double Neutron Star Binaries