Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) to (choose to) do something/undertake a task or project
How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
take on responsibilities/a new role/a challenge
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)
When Darren left,I had to take on all of his responsibilities, but I learned a lot of new skills.
We need someone to speak on the radio this week. Do you think you couldtake on the challenge?
Professional Examples (Basic)
This project is the biggest one we have taken on to date. It's going to be a big challenge for us.
We managed to take on much bigger companies and come out on top.
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