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takeover

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[teyk-oh-ver]
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noun
  1. the act of seizing, appropriating, or arrogating authority, control, management, etc.
  2. 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 formsan·ti·take·o·ver, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for takeover

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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

n.

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