take·​over | \ ˈtāk-ˌō-vər How to pronounce takeover (audio) \

Definition of takeover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action or an act of taking over

take over

took over; taken over; taking over; takes over

Definition of take over (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to assume control or possession of or responsibility for military leaders took over the government

intransitive verb

1 : to assume control or possession
2 : to become dominant

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Examples of takeover in a Sentence

Noun The government experienced a military takeover in 2002. the new government's high-handed takeover of private industries Verb I'll take over for her until she gets back from her morning break. took over the responsibility of caring for the animals
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the early hours of February 1, before Myanmar's coup leaders had officially announced their takeover of the country, a white van pulled up outside Maung Thar Cho's house in Yangon's suburbs. Helen Regan And Sandi Sidhu, CNN, "By day, Myanmar's protesters are defiant dissenters. By night, they're terrified of being dragged from their beds by the junta," 19 Feb. 2021 Many policies are renewed annually, but blank-check companies often seek out two-year terms -- the same amount of time a SPAC is normally allowed to find a takeover target, according to Machua Millett, an insurance broker at Marsh & McLennan Cos. Katherine Chiglinsky And Jenny Surane, Chron, "Boom in 'blank check' companies is wearing out insurers," 12 Feb. 2021 This week, London Stock Exchange Group got the green light from European Union antitrust officials to proceed with its takeover of Refinitiv, a full 18 months after the $15 billion all-share tie-up was announced. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Bloomberg’s Big Challenger Can’t Afford to Slip," 15 Jan. 2021 Shares of another French retailer that could be a potential takeover target, Casino Guichard-Perrachon SA, fell after Le Maire’s comments. William Horobin, Bloomberg.com, "Couche-Tard’s $20 Billion Carrefour Bid Gets French Snub," 13 Jan. 2021 Also in June, Essentia Health completed its takeover of Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "Essentia Health making major acquisition of North Dakota, rural Minnesota facilities," 8 Jan. 2021 Perot’s campaign pitch to the nation of shareholder-voters was to cast a ballot for his hostile takeover that would install a C-suite of executives in Washington to replace the politicians. Kyle Edward Williams, The New Republic, "The End of the Businessman President," 9 Dec. 2020 Archeologists have long known about the spread of the Yamnaya, but almost nothing in the archeological record showed the brutality of their takeover. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "The Skeletons at the Lake," 7 Dec. 2020 Intuit, the software company behind TurboTax, won U.S. antitrust approval for its $7.1 billion takeover of personal finance website Credit Karma. Washington Post, "German media giant Bertelsmann to buy Simon & Schuster," 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Stanton said Mather's resignation is effective immediately, and that Stanton will take over the roles of president and CEO until Mather's replacement is found. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Seattle Mariners president resigns after making disparaging comments about players," 23 Feb. 2021 Having private equity firms take over the Michigan bottled water operations and promise to expand operations and profitability makes Michigan Citizens group president Peggy Case fear what's coming next. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Nestlé bottled water operations in Michigan sold as part of $4.3B deal to NY private equity firm," 18 Feb. 2021 Layne spent five seasons as the head coach at Ferris, a 4A school, but will now take over 3A Redwater, a school about 15 miles west of Texarkana. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Ferris head football coach Brandon Layne hired to same position at Redwater," 5 Feb. 2021 On Tuesday, the tech giant announced a transition in leadership where founder Jeff Bezos will leave the company's top role, and longtime Amazon executive Andy Jassy will take over as CEO. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Andy Jassy: What to know about the next CEO of Amazon," 4 Feb. 2021 More depression, more falls and other serious consequences take over and literally take our lives. Pat Samples, Star Tribune, "Growing older is not awful; ageism is," 28 Jan. 2021 Shares are up 17% since January 13, when the chipmaker unexpectedly announced that former Intel chief technology officer Gelsinger would return to the company and take over for current CEO Bob Swan. oregonlive, "Intel sales handily top forecast; no immediate word on manufacturing crisis," 21 Jan. 2021 No mention was made of the fact that Joe Biden is about to take over as president and that Democrats are going to control both the House and Senate. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "BlackRock now has a whopping $8.7 trillion in assets," 14 Jan. 2021 My dude literally put out a campaign video on Dec 13 portraying himself as supersoldier in combat gear fighting leftists trying to take over the US government and encouraging everyone to join the fight. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Dan Crenshaw calls proxy voting 'cowardly' months before voting by proxy against impeachment," 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of takeover


1910, in the meaning defined above


1618, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Takeover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeover. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of takeover

: an occurrence in which a person, company, etc., takes control of something


take·​over | \ ˈtāk-ˌō-vər How to pronounce takeover (audio) \

Legal Definition of takeover

: the acquisition of control or possession (as of a corporation) a hostile takeover

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