Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

take on

take on
Meaning(s)
1) to (choose to) do something/undertake a task or project
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • take on responsibilities/a new role/a challenge
  • Analysis
    This can be used in both a social and professional context. This phrasal verb can mean to 'undertake something'. "I don't know how we're going to deliver this on time. We've taken on a lot of work!" It can also mean to 'hire' or 'to recruit' someone. "I think we need to take someone on to help us with this extra work." To 'take on' can also mean to 'compete against an opponent'. "We need to take on the competition." "How do you feel about taking on such a famous opponent?" It can also mean to 'begin to have a characteristic or appearance of something or someone', "She took on a low tone and spoke secretly."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. When Darren left, I had to take on all of his responsibilities, but I learned a lot of new skills.
    2. We need someone to speak on the radio this week. Do you think you could take on the challenge?
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. This project is the biggest one we have taken on to date. It's going to be a big challenge for us.
    2. We managed to take on much bigger companies and come out on top.
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2) employ or hire
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    • take on a freelancer/new member of staff
  • Analysis
     'To take on' can mean to 'hire' or 'to recruit' someone. "I think we need to take someone on to help us with this extra work."
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. When we open the store, we will need to take on more staff to deal with the workload.
    2. A lot of stores take on extra staff during the Christmas period.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. It might be more cost-effective to take on an in-house facilitator rather than outsourcing all of our training.
    2. We have taken on over 60 new members of staff this year and helped to relocate over 75% of these here in Britain. 
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