Quick answer
"Contract" is a noun which is often translated as "el contrato", and "take on" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "encargarse". Learn more about the difference between "contract" and "take on" below.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (agreement)
a. el contrato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Either party can terminate the contract at any time.Cualquiera de las partes puede rescindir el contrato en cualquier momento.
2. (document)
a. el contrato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Have you already signed the contract?¿Ya firmaste el contrato?
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to make an agreement with)
a. contratar
We have contracted five technical experts to carry out the project.Hemos contratado a cinco expertos técnicos para llevar a cabo el proyecto.
4. (to develop)
a. contraer (illness or debt)
My daughter contracted smallpox at the age of seven.Mi hija contrajo viruela cuando tenía siete años.
b. adquirir (habit)
Unfortunately, he has contracted the habit of drinking.Por desgracia, ha adquirido el hábito de la bebida.
5. (grammar)
a. contraer
Finally, the word was contracted to "not."Finalmente, la palabra se contrajo a "not".
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to make an agreement)
a. firmar un contrato
We contracted with them for the supply of metal.Firmamos un contrato con ellos para el suministro de metal.
b. celebrar un contrato
The parties contracted under the terms and conditions hereby described.Las partes celebraron el contrato bajo los términos y condiciones aquí expuestos.
7. (to shrink)
a. contraerse
I was dizzy and my muscles contracted painfully.Me sentía mareado y mis músculos se contraían causándome dolor.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
8. (relative to a contract)
a. contractual
Service contract agreements should be in place.Los servicios deben estar sujetos a acuerdos contractuales.
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take on
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to undertake)
a. encargarse
The mayor appointed Jeff to take on the neighborhood renovation project.El alcalde nombró a Jeff para que se encargara del proyecto de renovación de los barrios.
b. asumir
Georgia took on the responsibility of being a mother when she was only 21.Georgia asumió la responsabilidad de ser mamá cuando tenía apenas 21.
c. hacerse cargo
Marissa will be taking on the position as chair of the board.Marissa se hará cargo del puesto de presidenta de la junta.
d. aceptar
Enrique took on a new client at his law firm.Enrique aceptó un cliente nuevo en su bufete de abogados.
2. (to take aboard)
a. recoger
The ship took on passengers in Rotterdam in late April.La nave recogió a unos pasajeros en Róterdam a finales de abril.
b. cargar
The freighter takes on merchandise in two Chinese ports before crossing the Pacific.El carguero carga mercancía en dos puertos de China antes de cruzar el Pacífico.
c. repostar
The strong headwinds caused us to land to take on fuel.Los fuertes vientos en contra nos obligaron a aterrizar para repostar combustible.
3. (to adopt)
a. asumir
He took on a sardonic look, turned around, and walked away.Asumió un gesto sardónico, dio media vuelta y se alejó.
b. adquirir
As the sun set over the landscape, the trees took on a golden cast.A medida que el sol se ponía sobre el paisaje, los árboles adquirieron un tono dorado.
4. (to tackle)
a. enfrentarse a
Brad took on six opponents at the tournament and only lost once.Brad se enfrentó a seis contrincantes en el torneo y solo perdió una vez.
b. aceptar el reto de
Stephanie took on a heavier fighter in her match.Stephanie aceptó el reto de una luchadora más pesada en su combate.
c. aceptar
Victoria has taken on the challenge of attracting more women to math and science majors at the university.Victoria ha aceptado el reto de atraer a más mujeres a las licenciaturas en matemáticas y ciencias.
5. (to hire)
a. contratar
We need to take on a couple more people for the maintenance crew.Hay que contratar a un par de personas más para el equipo de mantenimiento.
b. tomar (River Plate)
The business has grown enough to justify taking on a secretary.El negocio ha crecido lo suficiente como para justificar tomar a una secretaria.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
6. (to become upset; used with "so") (United Kingdom)
a. ponerse así
Calm down. You really oughtn't take on so.Cálmate, de verdad que no deberías ponerte así.
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