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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both shows will air on Sunday, June 5, as part of a one-night only Los Angeles takeover event live from Santa Monica's Barker Hangar starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 11 May 2022 The European Commission, which proposed the DSA in late 2020, only agreed to its contents with the European Parliament and the EU's member states a few days before Musk's Twitter takeover was announced. David Meyer, Fortune, 11 May 2022 The two finalists get to put their restaurant concepts into practice with a full takeover and dinner service to see who will be crowned the winner. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 But not for Yam, who not only suspected this might have happened but was already thinking of what would come next — the stories of the Afghan people affected by this takeover. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Runaway inflation in the 1930s and 1940s helped undermine the ruling Nationalist government and open the door to the Communist Party’s takeover. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, 8 May 2022 Yes, the board needs to consider the shareholders in a takeover scenario. Anat Alon-beck, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Questions remain about whether Dorsey might also join Musk as an investor or return to Twitter in a leadership capacity following Musk’s takeover. Clare Duffy, CNN, 5 May 2022 As Twitter negotiated a sale to Elon Musk last month, the social media company pulled out a corporate takeover playbook. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But critics question whether the state has the capacity to take over Boston, with its 49,000 students, strong union, and complicated political landscape. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 19 May 2022 The results come a week after the company fended off an effort by activist investors to take over the board of directors. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 May 2022 Mason, which is just northeast of Memphis, was thrown into the national spotlight in March after officials claimed the state comptroller's threat to take over was discriminatory. Justin Gamble, CNN, 6 May 2022 Makhmudov was accused of being involved in a scheme to take over the Russian aluminum industry, according to a civil case filed in New York in 2000. New York Times, 4 May 2022 Russia’s efforts to take over Ukraine are a highly centralized move, one that will ultimately fail. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Candidates to run for the office in the 2022 election had just two weeks to file paperwork and gather signatures to qualify for the August primaries in their bid to take over one of the largest prosecutorial teams in the country. Kaely Monahan, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 There has been an apparent mass exodus—and entrance—of Twitter users following the news that Elon Musk will take over the company. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 The news was announced on Monday following Musk's offer to take over the social platform. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Takeover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeover. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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