Definition of take on phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

take on

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1  (especially British English) to employ somebody to take on new staff She was taken on as a trainee.
  2. 2[no passive] to play against somebody in a game or contest; to fight against somebody to take somebody on at tennis The rebels took on the entire Roman army.
[no passive] to begin to have a particular quality, appearance, etc. The chameleon can take on the colours of its background. His voice took on a more serious tone.

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  1. 1to decide to do something; to agree to be responsible for something/somebody I can't take on any extra work. We're not taking on any new clients at present.
  2. 2(of a bus, plane or ship) to allow somebody/something to enter The bus stopped to take on more passengers. The ship took on more fuel at Freetown.