or take-o·ver

[ teyk-oh-ver ]
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  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

Other words from takeover

  • an·ti·take·o·ver, adjective, noun

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How to use takeover in a sentence

  • On his arrival at Rome, to take over his new command, he found himself face to face with a mutiny.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • The Commandant was to take over the offices, staff, and functions of the late Civil Governor.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • He binds himself at any time, subject to my desire, to take over a thousand shares at par.

    Black Diamonds | Mr Jkai
  • I found that my Brigadier had arranged that I was to take over the front of something over two regiments.

  • I'm too old to mess in, but a youngster could take over en double his money in five years.

    David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney

British Dictionary definitions for take over

take over

  1. to assume the control or management of

  2. printing to move (copy) to the next line

    • the act of seizing or assuming power, control, etc

    • (as modifier): takeover bid

  1. sport another word for changeover (def. 3)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with takeover


Assume control, management, or possession of, as in The pilot told his copilot to take over the controls, or There's a secret bid to take over our company. [Late 1800s]

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