I am looking for a word that can express the idea of 'approaching' a new idea boldly or 'taking it on'.
I want to use it as (assuming the word is XYZ):
'this shows my ability to XYZ unfamiliar concepts and applying them successfully'
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Perhaps, embrace helps here.
'this shows my ability to embrace unfamiliar concepts and applying them successfully'
2 Accept (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically:
‘besides traditional methods, artists are embracing new technology’
‘Maybe we will benefit beyond belief in embracing some of these valuable philosophies and using them in practical solutions for all our welfare.’