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English definition of “take sb on”

take sb on

verb uk phrasal verb with take   /teɪk/ (took, taken) us  

(EMPLOY)

B2 to employ someone: She was taken on as a laboratory assistant.Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs

(FIGHT)

to compete against or fight someone: The government took on the unions and won.Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport
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