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take·​over ˈtāk-ˌō-vər How to pronounce takeover (audio)
: the action or an act of taking over

take over

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took over; taken over; taking over; takes over

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to assume control or possession
: 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
Bret Taylor, a veteran Google and Facebook executive who as Twitter’s chairman pushed that board to accept Musk’s takeover, will join as chairman. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2023 Advertisers have been skittish on X since Musk's takeover more than a year ago. CBS News, 20 Nov. 2023 In recent years, street takeovers have become a regular occurrence in neighborhoods across Los Angeles County, where drivers perform stunts in the middle of busy intersections or race their vehicles in residential streets as spectators look on, posting videos on social media. Brennon Dixson, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Tumblr saw an influx of Twitter users fleeing Elon Musk’s takeover, and then another wave during protests against Reddit’s changes to its API. Allegra Rosenberg, The Verge, 17 Nov. 2023 And the iron gates had been removed, and the reason they'd been removed was Kam Tin was the site of a rebellion against the British takeover in 1898. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 17 Nov. 2023 Conferences such as Dreamforce, the annual downtown takeover from CRM giant Salesforce, remain marquee events that bring young people to the Bay Area. Bob Fisher, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 Fresh exiles from the Taliban’s takeover two years ago, the violent end to a brief dance with democracy. Mujib Mashal Jim Huylebroek, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 With her newly shorn hair, Hill decided to emulate Linda Evangelista for the British brand’s takeover of Temple Bar, highlighting the chameleonic model’s signature androgynous look. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2023
Ayman Mohyeldin will take over Hasan’s one-hour program on Sundays, expanding to four hours on both Saturday and Sundays. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 30 Nov. 2023 For those stuck in frigid climes this holiday season, Nicole Grimes, CEO and Founder of Carib Biz Network, takes over my column with the remedy: 12 Caribbean-American brands capable of delivering a slice of the islands to your doorstep. Baz Dreisinger, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Patrick Casey, who played at Davidson, takes over at La Jolla Country Day. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 In 2023, instead of a fresh pant width or rise length, denim skirts took over the streets. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2023 Henry took over the business from his father Cheng Yu-tung, who built the conglomerate spanning shopping malls, casinos, hotels, and jewelry stores across Hong Kong and mainland China. Shawna Kwan, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2023 But for Bear Rinehart, lead singer of rock act Needtobreathe, that journey took over two decades. Garret K. Woodward, Rolling Stone, 28 Nov. 2023 But this is still a great spot in warmer temperatures: Watch the day turn to night through floor-to-ceiling windows as the venue’s signature, red-hued lighting takes over while listening to smooth jazz. Ann Marie McQueen, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Nov. 2023 For a similar model offered at the beloved Atlanta jeweler Ice Box, the case and bracelet require over 19 carats of stones for full coverage, and the dial takes over 5 carats. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 27 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1910, in the meaning defined above


1618, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of takeover was in 1618

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“Takeover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeover. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

take over

: to get control or possession of or responsibility for something

Legal Definition


take·​over ˈtāk-ˌō-vər How to pronounce takeover (audio)
: the acquisition of control or possession (as of a corporation)
a hostile takeover

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