usage: 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"
2. assume, adopt, take on, take over, take office
usage: take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?"
3. undertake, tackle, take on, confront, face up, face
usage: accept as a challenge; "I'll tackle this difficult task"
4. accept, admit, take, take on, accept, take, have
usage: 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"
5. meet, encounter, play, take on
usage: contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary"