take on

take on  {v.}
1. To receive for carrying; be loaded with.
A big ship was at the dock taking on automobiles in crates to carry overseas for sale.
The bus driver stopped at the curb to take the woman on.
2. To begin to have (the look of); take (the appearance of).
Others joined the fistfight until it took on the look of a riot.
After the students put up Christmas decorations, the classroom took on a holiday appearance.
3a. To give a job to; hire; employ.
The factory has opened and is beginning to take on new workers.
Contrast: LET GO (4), LET OFF, LET OUT (6).
3b. To accept in business or a contest.
The big man took on two opponents at once.
After his father died, Bill took on the management of the factory.
We knew their football team was bigger and stronger, but we took them on anyway and beat them.
4.  {informal}
To show great excitement, grief, or anger.
At the news of her husband's death she took on like a madwoman.
Compare: CARRY-ON.
Categories: cars {informal} {v.}