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or take-over

[teyk-oh-ver] /ˈteɪkˌoʊ vər/
the act of seizing, appropriating, or arrogating authority, control, management, etc.
an acquisition or gaining control of a corporation through the purchase or exchange of stock.
Origin of takeover
First recorded in 1940-45; noun use of verb phrase take over
Related forms
antitakeover, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Dimitrov and Kalarov returned from Moscow, where they had been in exile since 1925, to assist the new government in its takeover.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Until the Communist takeover in 1944, there had been two broad social classes in the country, an upper and a lower class.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • What will justify such a volte-face and with what excuse can he repudiate the principles with which he justified his takeover?

Word Origin and History for takeover

1917, "an act of taking over," noun derivative of verbal phrase take over (1884), from take (v.) + over. Attested from 1958 in the corporate sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The buying of the control of one company by another, usually by the wooing and rewarding of stockholders and often against the wishes of the acquired company's management: a popular means of conducting corporate takeovers (1958+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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