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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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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. (task, responsibility)
a. aceptar
2. (problem, opponent)
a. enfrentarse a
3. (fuel)
a. repostar
4. (supplies)
a. reponer
5. (hire; worker)
a. contratar
6. (acquire)
a. tomar, adquirir
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take on
transitive verb
1 [+work] aceptar; encargarse de; [+responsibility, risk] asumir; [+bet, challenge] aceptar; [+challenger] enfrentarse a; aceptar el reto de
she's taken on more than she bargained for
when she invited Hayley to come and stay for a week she took on more than she bargained for cuando invitó a Hayley a quedarse una semana, no sabía lo que le esperaba; I felt I could take on the whole world sentía que me podía comer el mundo
2 [+worker] contratar; [+passengers] recoger; [+cargo] cargar
3 (assume) [+form, qualities] asumir
her face took on a wistful expression quedó cariacontecida
his words took on a whole new meaning
1 (become upset)
don't take on so! ¡no te pongas así!; ¡no te agites!
2 (become popular) [+fashion] hacerse muy popular; [+song] hacerse muy popular; ponerse de moda
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