Definition of take the helm
- The ship's captain took the helm.
- She took the helm of the university.
: to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as
: to seize or capture physically
: to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing
: a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment
: an act or the action of taking: such as
: the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene
: a lever or wheel controlling the rudder of a ship for steering
: position of the helm with respect to the amidships position
: a position of control : head
: to direct (a ship) with a lever or wheel that controls the rudder : to direct (a ship) with or as if with a helm (see 1helm 1a) : steer
: direct, control
: to cover or furnish with a helmet
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