Does it mean 'show an identity?'

I looked up the phrase in a number of dictionaries, but I haven't found an appropriate definition.

Give yourself permission to improvise, to mimic, to take on a long-hidden identity.

  • "take something ↔ on to begin to have a particular quality or appearance" Jul 4 '20 at 20:40
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    It can mean that you assume someone else's identity, or show a facet of yourself which the world does not know about, or adopt a false persona which isn't really you, like an actor. Jul 4 '20 at 20:53
  • It's like "become"
    – codi6
    Jul 5 '20 at 8:09

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