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 Valued at $28 billion, the SunTrust-BB&T deal is the largest banking merger since JPMorgan Chase' (JPM)s 2004 takeover of Bank One, according to Dealogic. Matt Egan, CNN, "Elizabeth Warren wants to make it harder for big banks to get bigger," 5 Dec. 2019 Makan Delrahim, the Justice Department’s top antitrust enforcer, seemed to switch his stance on AT&T Inc.’s takeover of Time Warner Inc. as Trump railed against the deal. Washington Post, "Elizabeth Warren Wants to Spoil the Megamerger Party," 5 Dec. 2019 It had also been buoyed by a takeover premium; now E*Trade looks a little lonely. The Economist, "Charles Schwab agrees to buy TD Ameritrade for $26bn," 28 Nov. 2019 In his fabricated description of the incident causing PTSD, defendant Meleski stated, '18 hr hostile takeover. Fox News, "Pennsylvania man accused of stolen valor by falsely claiming to have been Navy SEAL, POW, Silver Star recipient," 26 Nov. 2019 Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis criticized the district for not taking the full 4% increase in past years in a scathing 2018 audit that recommended the district's takeover. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Missed tax increases cost JCPS millions. A district committee wants to make up for that," 25 Nov. 2019 The conservative movement’s takeover of the Republican party was never supposed to be an end in itself. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Why the Louisiana Election Is Not a Crushing Loss for Conservatives," 20 Nov. 2019 Following Corbyn’s takeover of the party, hate speech against Jews and Israel began proliferating in Labour’s ranks. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Labour’s anti-Semitism problem is an election issue for non-Jews, too," 19 Nov. 2019 Little Rock: The head of the city’s teachers union says another strike – or other actions – protesting state takeover of the local school district and the loss of collective bargaining rights is possible. USA TODAY, "Bye-bye to Bei Bei, reverse bank robbery, squirrel survey: News from around our 50 states," 18 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In replacing Perry, Brouillette becomes the latest lobbyist and seasoned second-in-command to take over for an embattled Cabinet secretary. BostonGlobe.com, "“I’m proud to have been a small part of the incredible success we have seen in American energy,” Brouillette told lawmakers at his Senate confirmation hearing in November.," 4 Dec. 2019 Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who was expected to take over from Johnson as interim superintendent next month, will begin work Monday, Lightfoot added. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Chicago's top cop fired for undisclosed 'intolerable' actions, lying to public and mayor," 3 Dec. 2019 Sixth-round pick Ty Johnson was supposed to take over as the starting running back once Kerryon Johnson went down with a knee injury. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Assessing Detroit Lions' 11-member rookie class: The good, the bad, the future," 1 Dec. 2019 The new rumors suggest that Charles is preparing to take over leadership in the royal family when the Queen turns 95. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Queen Plans to Retire Within 18 Months & Hand Things Off to Prince Charles," 1 Dec. 2019 O'Brien worked in New England from 2007-11 before leaving to take over at Penn State. Kristie Rieken, courant.com, "Texans host Pats with O’Brien still looking for first win over Belichick," 30 Nov. 2019 The manifesto opens up growing areas of British life to be treated to the same technique that Mr Corbyn has used to take over the Labour Party. The Economist, "Jeremy Corbyn’s political agenda is more radical than his economic one," 30 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, one lawmaker was quoted as saying authorities arrested more than 7,000 people over the protests while a security official claimed demonstrators attempted to take over Iranian state television. Jon Gambrell, The Denver Post, "Iran says protesters attacked hundreds of banks, blaming U.S.," 27 Nov. 2019 How better to do that than to create this national founding myth around the Pilgrims and the Indians inviting them to take over the land? Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "The Myths of the Thanksgiving Story and the Lasting Damage They Imbue," 27 Nov. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20over?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=takeov01. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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Financial Definition of takeover

What It Is

A takeover is the purchase of a company. A takeover is different from a merger, which occurs when the purchaser and the target both cease to exist and instead form a new, combined company.

How It Works

Let's assume Company XYZ wants to acquire Company ABC. Company XYZ might just start buying ABC shares on the open market, but once Company XYZ acquires 5% of ABC, it must formally (and publicly) declare how many shares it owns to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Company XYZ must also state whether it intends to create an ABC takeover or just hold its existing shares as an investment.

If Company XYZ indeed wants to proceed with the takeover, it will make a tender offer to ABC's board of directors (followed by an announcement to the press). The tender offer will indicate, among other things, how much Company XYZ is willing to pay for ABC and how long ABC shareholders have to accept the offer.

The most common methods of determining the target's value are to look at comparable companies in the industry and to conduct a discounted cash flow analysis, but evaluating other measures such as P/E ratios, price-to-sales ratios, or even replacement costs provides valuable insight. Acquirers often have to pay a premium above the market price of the target company's shares in order to get the shareholders to agree to the takeover.

Once the tender offer is made, ABC can accept the terms of the offer, negotiate a different price, use a "poison pill" or other defense to avert the deal, or find somebody else to sell to who will pay as much or more as XYZ is offering. If ABC accepts the offer, regulatory bodies then review the transaction to ensure the combination does not create a monopoly or other anticompetitive circumstances within the industries involved. If the regulatory bodies approve the transaction, the parties exchange funds and the deal is closed.

Companies often conduct takeovers with cash, but they also use debt and their own stock as well, and there are often tax consequences associated with each form of currency.

Why It Matters

Takeovers can create a bigger, more competitive, more cost-efficient entities. This synergy -- that is, the idea that the two companies together are more valuable to the shareholders than they are apart -- is elusive, but it is what justifies most takeovers. After all, acquirers always have the much harder option of trying to "grow their own" by starting their own competitive ventures instead of buying someone else's. Targets often succumb to takeovers because at the end of the day, the price is right. And on both sides, a well-executed takeover can be the crowning jewel of a CEO's career.

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How to pronounce take over (audio)

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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