- 1 (especially British English) to employ somebody to take on new staff She was taken on as a trainee.
- 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.
- 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(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.