take upon (v.) Old form(s): vpon
profess, pretend, affect [oneself]
2H4 II.ii.108[Poins to Prince Henry] 'How comes that?' says he that takes upon him not to conceive
Cym V.iv.182[First Gaoler to Posthumus] you must ... be directed by some that take upon them to know, or to take upon yourself that which I am sure you do not know
TC I.ii.140[Pandarus to Cressida, of Helen and Troilus] she takes upon her to spy a white hair on his chin
TS IV.ii.109[Tranio as Lucentio to Pedant, of Vincentio] Look that you take upon you as you should [i.e. play your part properly]
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