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 The publisher of the Miami Herald, Kansas City Star, and other regional dailies has been saddled with debt since its $4.5 billion takeover of a much bigger rival, Knight Ridder, in 2006. Thomas Heath, BostonGlobe.com, "Newspaper giant McClatchy files for bankruptcy," 13 Feb. 2020 The publisher of the Miami Herald, Kansas City Star and other regional dailies has been saddled with debt since its $4.5 billion takeover of a much bigger rival, Knight Ridder, in 2006. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Newspaper giant McClatchy files for bankruptcy, hobbled by debt and declining print revenue," 13 Feb. 2020 The publisher of the Miami Herald, Kansas City Star and other regional dailies has been saddled with debt since its $4.5 billion takeover of a much bigger rival, Knight Ridder, in 2006. Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, "Newspaper giant McClatchy files for bankruptcy, hobbled by debt and declining print revenue," 13 Feb. 2020 JPMorgan has been a top banker to Exxon for decades and advised on two of its biggest takeovers, including the merger that created Exxon Mobil in 1999 by reuniting two old pieces of the Standard Oil monopoly. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Climate activists want former Exxon chief removed from JPMorgan board," 10 Feb. 2020 Tea party Republicans have largely abandoned the cause that defined, at least in part, their successful takeover of the House a decade ago. CBS News, "Trump $4.8 trillion budget proposal includes 26% cut to EPA," 10 Feb. 2020 Its social media takeovers have received widespread attention. NBC News, "Facebook's Twitter account hacked," 8 Feb. 2020 On the first day of Pwn2Own, Team Incyte took an early lead with their takeover of the Rockwell Automation HMI. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Inside the World's Highest-Stakes Industrial Hacking Contest," 23 Jan. 2020 Unfortunately for Justin, Taylor planned her gym takeover and had an appointment set in advance. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber Reportedly Left A Gym Because Taylor Swift Had Booked Out the Entire Place," 21 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ms Georgieva took over as the IMF’s managing director in October 2019 on a wave of good publicity. The Economist, "An adjustment programme The IMF undergoes structural reform," 15 Feb. 2020 After Rivera retired, Robertson took over at the back of the New York bullpen and saved 39 games in 2014. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Tommy Hunter makes it back for spring training, David Robertson on DL," 13 Feb. 2020 Williams took over for Saban after the 1999 season and was fired in 2002. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Mel Tucker is the 'fearless leader' Michigan State football hoped to find," 13 Feb. 2020 One moment, Lexington led the Warriors and then Brookline would take over. John Hand, BostonGlobe.com, "Brookline girls, Lowell boys best field in Division 1 indoor track championships," 13 Feb. 2020 If Wilson struggles after returning from injury or his rehabilitation process is delayed, Gatewood would likely take over the starting job if eligible. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "With transfer waiver up in the air, Joey Gatewood eager to learn for Kentucky football," 12 Feb. 2020 The 44th annual Beale Street Music Festival will take over Memphis, Tennessee's Tom Lee Park from May 1-3 with a stellar lineup topped by The Lumineers, Lil Wayne, Weezer, The Smashing Pumpkins, The 1975 and DaBaby. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Lil Wayne, Lumineers, Weezer, The 1975 Top 2020 Beale Street Music Festival Lineup," 12 Feb. 2020 Walk-on Cristian Zendejas took over kicking duties from Ruiz last season and earned a scholarship with the Sun Devils. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Former Arizona State kicker Brandon Ruiz to transfer to Mississippi State after all," 12 Feb. 2020 More recently, Donna Koecher, an operating room nurse for the last 40 years, took over the Academies for Spine, Knee and Hip. Alaska Regional Hospital, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s new-school way of preparing for medical procedures," 11 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of takeover was in 1618

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17 Feb 2020

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“Takeover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeover. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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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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