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What does it mean - "take on board"?

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    In a business sense, it means that you acknowledge a person's idea or suggestion. Basically it means "We'll/I'll think about it." It's not a promise that you actually agree or accept what the other person has suggested.

    If it's a person whom you "take on board", then that means you employ that person.

    It depends on the context, but usually it is used in reference to a ship, plane or other type of transportation. The ship takes on board passengers. I suspect the phrase originates from the way passengers had to walk across a board from the dock to the ship.

    Along with Susan's answer of taking passengers on board a ship, plane, or boat. It could also mean to accept the ideas and opinions of others: "We need to take on board the views of our co-workers."

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