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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
The Taliban takeover The landscape of girls’ education, however, underwent a drastic setback following the collapse of the government in 2021. Enayat Nasir, The Conversation, 11 Apr. 2024 The festival will return to the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif., for its 23rd installment on the weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21. Fortnite Festival’s Jam Stage will get a themed takeover, complete with recognizable Coachella landmarks including Le Grande Wheel, Spectra Tower and more. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 9 Apr. 2024 Even though private equity’s involvement in Pennsylvania health care is relatively low, the state has experienced high-profile problems associated with some hospital takeovers by the industry in recent years. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 9 Apr. 2024 Since his takeover of Twitter in 2022, Musk has nurtured the rise of these accounts, frequently commenting on their posts and sharing their content. Ali Swenson and Melissa Goldin, Quartz, 6 Apr. 2024 Irwin had taken over the job from Yoel Roth, who resigned in the weeks after Musk’s takeover. Clare Duffy, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 Since the takeover, Wrexham currently sits third in League Two and is looking to secure back-to-back promotions. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2024 Tesla’s market capitalization peaked at over $1 trillion in late 2021 and early 2022, before its stock crashed as much as 75% due to deteriorating market conditions and investor unrest tied to Musk’s controversial takeover of the social media company now known as X. Derek Saul, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Wrexham is regularly getting crowds of more than 10,000 spectators, more than three times the number attending before the takeover and a remarkable figure for a fourth-tier team. Steve Douglas, Quartz, 28 Mar. 2024
Inside Out 2 Trailer: Amy Poehler's Joy Meets a New Teenage Emotion — Anxiety, Voiced by Maya Hawke The core group of emotions grow concerned when the new teenaged emotions appear to take over the operation of Riley's life, reflecting the growing pains young teenagers experience. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 The price was $570,000, and the new owners took over the condominium in March. Bay Area Home Report, The Mercury News, 2 Apr. 2024 Irwin had taken over the job from Yoel Roth, who resigned in the weeks after Musk’s takeover. Clare Duffy, CNN, 2 Apr. 2024 In his thirties, Privat and his soon-to-be wife, Jane, took over a dusty restaurant at the seaside near Narbonne. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 By the 1960s, Synanon had become not only a treatment facility, but a communal living experiment, taking over a three-story building in Santa Monica. Olivia B. Waxman, TIME, 1 Apr. 2024 Peterman is taking over coaching duties from Jerry Prieto, who accepted a head coaching job at Dayton. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1 Apr. 2024 Advertisement The state office took over that case after Orange County Dist. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024 The test driver took over, but the truck still hit the deer. Trisha Thadani, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2024

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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 17 Apr. 2024.

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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