Definition of take someone on in English:

take someone on

phrasal verb

  • 1Engage an employee.

    • ‘There had been a medical examination before his employment which identified that disability and the respondent chose to take him on with that disability.’
    • ‘In Yogyakarta, UGM was recruiting a large number of employees and Soenaryo was taken on as an office boy at the school of technology.’
    • ‘They demanded that Metrobus take them on as permanent employees.’
    • ‘If that goes well, the employer will take him on as an apprentice.’
    • ‘When an employer takes somebody on, at the end of the day there has to be a reward.’
    • ‘Prospective employers hesitate to take him on, because they view him as a liability.’
    • ‘The limit used to be a year, so when an employer took somebody on, at least that employee would work for a year before the provisions came in.’
    • ‘But he is finding it impossible to find an employer willing to take him on as an apprentice.’
    • ‘When you go to interviews many employers don't want to take you on because you are a single father.’
    • ‘In the meantime, individuals so diagnosed might well be discriminated against by insurance companies who will refuse to take them on, or employers who will refuse to hire them.’
    engage, hire, employ, enrol, enlist, sign up, take into employment, put on the payroll
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  • 2Be willing or ready to meet an adversary or opponent.

    ‘a group of villagers has taken on the planners’
    • ‘But he's a talk show host, so his opponents should take him on in public.’
    • ‘Several opponents took him on; more often than not, they ended up worse for wear.’
    • ‘And then he tells someone on the phone that ‘The president is ready to take Congress on.’’
    • ‘And even they liked it, came increasingly willingly to the slaughter, Posh and Becks, John Humphries, Germaine Greer, ready to take him on.’
    • ‘Michael Brodie roared out a warning to the rest of the world's featherweights: ‘I'm ready to take you on!’’
    • ‘In the 400, Klochkova appears untouchable, but Hungary's Risztov may be ready to take her on.’
    • ‘Her eyes narrowed, ‘Next time, you had better be damned sure that you are ready to take me on.’’
    • ‘Murray was a thorn in the side of the City defenders all afternoon, rarely giving them time to dwell on the ball when in possession and always ready to take them on with the ball at his feet.’
    • ‘And the only way to do that is to jog his memory and let him know I'm back… back and ready to take him on.’
    • ‘So it means that the low fare carrier in Australia can withstand one hell of a battle, and if Qantas wants to take us on, we're ready to take 'em on.’
    compete against, oppose, challenge, confront, face, fight, match oneself against, pit oneself against, vie with, contend against, contend with, battle against, battle with, struggle against, take up cudgels against, stand up to, go head to head against
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