or take-o·ver

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. taken aback,
  2. taken with, be,
  3. takeoff,
  4. takeout,
  5. takeout double,
  6. taker,
  7. taker-in,
  8. takes one to know one,
  9. takes two,
  10. taki-taki

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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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