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  • verb To acquire, bring in, or introduce.
  • verb idiomatic To begin to have or exhibit.
  • verb idiomatic To assume responsibility for.
  • verb idiomatic To attempt to fight or compete.
  • verb intransitive, colloquial To catch on, do well; to become popular.
  • verb intransitive, idiomatic To show emotion, to grieve or be concerned about something or someone.

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  • verb admit into a group or community
  • verb accept as a challenge
  • verb take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
  • verb take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
  • verb contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle


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