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

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: Noun No violent incident occurred during the takeover and further decisions by the Supreme Court could prompt the competing group to stop their accusations, Lim said. Reuters, CNN, 7 June 2022 Prince al-Waleed agreed to retain a stake in Twitter valued at $1.9 billion as part of Mr. Musk’s takeover, which the entrepreneur has said was on hold. Rory Jones, WSJ, 22 May 2022 Overall everyone, according to the CNAS conclusion, should prepare for a prolonged, deadly conflict, not just a quick invasion and takeover of the government. Carol E. Lee, NBC News, 12 May 2022 After some resistance to Musk’s takeover, Twitter and Musk reached a deal for the billionaire to buy the platform in late April. Fortune, 5 May 2022 Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter TWTR -3.9% has got many inflamed on and off the platform, angry that a billion gets to come in and scoop up a property used to broadly. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 In the Bay Area, Oakland, San Francisco and West Contra Costa school districts are already seeing serious financial fallout, with the prospect of state intervention or takeover, unless school boards make significant cuts. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2022 Russia is a top arms supplier to Myanmar’s military, keeping up supplies even as many other nations have maintained an embargo since the army’s takeover to promote peace and a return to democratic rule. Jerry Harmer, ajc, 15 Mar. 2022 There are recent examples of this, such as the TikTok livestreaming of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, and TikTok users’ organizing to buy tickets for a rally for then-U.S. President Donald Trump, only to not show up. Jessica Maddox, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With Ellen DeGeneres having recently retired from her talk show, Kelly Clarkson is poised to take over her mantle in addition to DeGeneres’ old timeslot. Beth Harris, ajc, 23 June 2022 With Ellen DeGeneres having recently retired from her talk show, Kelly Clarkson is poised to take over her mantle in addition to DeGeneres' old timeslot. Beth Harris, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 An aspiring chef returns to Chicago to take over his family’s sandwich shop in this new drama. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 19 June 2022 Frank and Mara Inangelo made plans two years ago to take over Nick’s in Worcester from Vincent Hemmeter, who also owns Vincent’s. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2022 But as hip-hop began to take over the charts in the 1990s, sampling old hits has become the most notable method of reviving pop’s past. Al Shipley, SPIN, 16 June 2022 However, with increasing demand for data collection, applications are flown autonomously, with the pilot on standby, ready to take over in case of an emergency. Brian Pitre, Forbes, 15 June 2022 The Israel Defense Forces declined a request for comment on whether the military was prepared to take over legal enforcement in the settlements. Shira Rubin, Washington Post, 12 June 2022 Here, the sight of the Landlords with their implacable stance and extravagant costumes creates a terrifying world — somehow one even more eerie than when the wilis take over the stage in Act 2. New York Times, 9 June 2022 See More

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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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2 Jul 2022

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“Takeover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeover. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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