Assume an official position or employment, as in The new chair takes office after the first of the year. [Mid-1800s]
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How to use take office in a sentence
Next month a new president—Enrique Peña Nieto—will take office, and many pray that the violence will ease.As Drug War Continues, Mexico Celebrates Its Deceased | Teresa Puente | November 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Current MMS director Liz Birnbaum didn't take office until July 2009, months after the exclusion was granted.
Teddy, eventually, yes—but he was too young to take office immediately.
And one of the admirers, it appears, is his successor, the guy who will take office in a couple of weeks.
Obama would surely rather not take office with such a mess and be dragged into slippery Middle East intrigues.
Both he and Bute would gladly have secured Pitt's support, but they wanted him to take office alone, or at least not with a party.
He made an attempt to enlist Hardwicke and Newcastle, but they would not take office without their party.
To this Rockingham would not consent; he wanted Pitt to take office as his ally, not as his successor.
This is what I hear as to M. Thiers, who at first refused to take office with M. de Broglie.Memoirs of the Duchesse de Dino v.1/3, 1831-1835 | Dorothy Duchesse de Dino
When the years of mourning were over, he did not again take office, but devoted himself instead to study and teaching.The Sayings Of Confucius | Confucius