I heard the phrase "Take on your enemies" announced in a news conference today. Could you help me understand what it means?

  • Giving us more context would be nice; even though "your enemies" is already a good clue, the whole phrase could mean something entirely different in an uncommon context. The basic idea of "take on" is "deal with it" or "do something about it". – Damkerng T. Jan 31 '14 at 10:47

To take on someone or something is to confront them.

If you take on your enemies, you confront them with the goal of defeating them.

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Take on your enemies means - go, deal with them (bravely?).

It's used as a transitive verb.

Take on (tr. v) - to begin to perform or deal with

Note that there are other uses of it on the page as well.

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