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 organization had come into existence after Monday’s military takeover. New York Times, "To Fight or Hide: Fear Grips Myanmar With Military Back in Charge," 6 Feb. 2021 The damage from Saturday's takeover left only one usable unit. NBC News, "117 inmates take over section of downtown St. Louis jail," 6 Feb. 2021 To stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Mendes handed over his Instagram to young activists for an Insta takeover — amplifying the message to the superstar’s nearly 60 million followers. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Change Agents: Leaders Stepping Up In A Year of Turmoil," 28 Jan. 2021 The state government of Kerala is currently contesting Adani's takeover of its international airport in India's Supreme Court after the Kerala High Court dismissed the challenge. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "How two of India’s richest men became the target of farmer boycotts," 23 Jan. 2021 Moyo was the army officer who went on state television on November 15, 2017 to announce the military's takeover of power from former late president Robert Mugabe. Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, "Zimbabwe's foreign minister dies after contracting Covid-19," 20 Jan. 2021 In 1941, a street in Addis Ababa was named for the British activist Sylvia Pankhurst, a tribute to her campaign against Mussolini’s attempted takeover of Ethiopia. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 18 Jan. 2021 Arnault, who just completed LVMH’s $16 billion takeover of Tiffany & Co., is contending with the new mega transatlantic deal -- this time involving the sale of a 5.5% stake in Carrefour held by Groupe Arnault. Angelina Rascouet, Bloomberg.com, "Billionaire Arnault Would Take Hit From Carrefour Stake Sale," 14 Jan. 2021 Four years ago, Prince William County fueled a historic tide of Democratic victories in Virginia that led to the party’s takeover of the state legislature. Washington Post, "After fueling a blue tide, Democrats in changing Virginia suburb aim high for more influence," 4 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Stanton said Mather's resignation is effective immediately, and that Stanton will take over the roles of president and CEO until Mather's replacement is found. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Seattle Mariners president resigns after making disparaging comments about players," 23 Feb. 2021 Having private equity firms take over the Michigan bottled water operations and promise to expand operations and profitability makes Michigan Citizens group president Peggy Case fear what's coming next. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Nestlé bottled water operations in Michigan sold as part of $4.3B deal to NY private equity firm," 18 Feb. 2021 Layne spent five seasons as the head coach at Ferris, a 4A school, but will now take over 3A Redwater, a school about 15 miles west of Texarkana. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Ferris head football coach Brandon Layne hired to same position at Redwater," 5 Feb. 2021 On Tuesday, the tech giant announced a transition in leadership where founder Jeff Bezos will leave the company's top role, and longtime Amazon executive Andy Jassy will take over as CEO. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Andy Jassy: What to know about the next CEO of Amazon," 4 Feb. 2021 More depression, more falls and other serious consequences take over and literally take our lives. Pat Samples, Star Tribune, "Growing older is not awful; ageism is," 28 Jan. 2021 Shares are up 17% since January 13, when the chipmaker unexpectedly announced that former Intel chief technology officer Gelsinger would return to the company and take over for current CEO Bob Swan. oregonlive, "Intel sales handily top forecast; no immediate word on manufacturing crisis," 21 Jan. 2021 No mention was made of the fact that Joe Biden is about to take over as president and that Democrats are going to control both the House and Senate. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "BlackRock now has a whopping $8.7 trillion in assets," 14 Jan. 2021 My dude literally put out a campaign video on Dec 13 portraying himself as supersoldier in combat gear fighting leftists trying to take over the US government and encouraging everyone to join the fight. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Dan Crenshaw calls proxy voting 'cowardly' months before voting by proxy against impeachment," 14 Jan. 2021

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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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19 Feb 2021

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“Takeover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeover. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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