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 Get a sneak peek of chef Carolina Curtin’s Cali-Mex bites at SRV’s cicchetti takeover, where the snacks will be free, the drinks will be a la carte, and the taqueria’s South End opening won’t seem so far away. Erin Kuschner, BostonGlobe.com, "5 things to do in Boston this weekend," 8 Jan. 2020 Credential phishing, account takeovers, check fraud, money laundering, romance scams, and countless other elements are like tools in a toolbox, as Agari senior threat researcher Ronnie Tokazowski puts it. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The Decade Big-Money Email Scams Took Over," 26 Dec. 2019 The move would usher in Live Nation’s market takeover, spiking competition, skyrocketing DJ fees and changing the scope and experience of festivals as a whole. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The Top 100 Moments of the EDM Decade," 17 Dec. 2019 Head agreed to the takeovers, and the state is still functioning as the receiver in those cases. Kat Stromquist, Arkansas Online, "Nursing homes hustle to move out 60 residents," 8 Dec. 2019 Under a corrective action plan to avoid another potential takeover, the district is required to explore ways to generate revenue for the district. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Missed tax increases cost JCPS millions. A district committee wants to make up for that," 25 Nov. 2019 The London Stock Exchange Group's rejection of the surprise $36.6 billion takeover proposal from Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited (HKEx) was brutal in its clarity. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "The London Stock Exchange Snubbed Hong Kong’s First Buyout Bid, but the Fight Isn’t Over," 23 Sep. 2019 A year later, Butte County didn’t activate a phone-takeover emergency system during the Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "In disaster-prone California, emergency sirens get high-tech makeover," 30 Dec. 2019 Lakshmi shared a screenshot from the official New Yorker Instagram account, where the publication tagged a picture of Lakshmi as Chopra for its celebrity cartoon takeover segment. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Padma Lakshmi scorches The New Yorker for confusing her with Priyanka Chopra," 30 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The company has enjoyed an impressive run under the leadership of CEO Mindy Grossman, who left shopping network HSN in 2017 to take over as WW CEO. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "WW gets a New Year's bump, but should investors shed the stock?," 15 Jan. 2020 Shapiro to take over Harvard The Tufts athletic department announced that men’s soccer coach Josh Shapiro will take the vacant position at Harvard. BostonGlobe.com, "NHL to showcase women’s game during All-Star festivities," 13 Jan. 2020 Lightning at Devils: Projected starting goalies Curtis McElhinney vs. Louis Domingue McElhinney is likely to take over for Andrei Vasilevskiy Sunday after the reigning Vezina Trophy winner shut out the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils odds, picks and best bets," 12 Jan. 2020 Last year, in one of his first acts in office, Newsom ordered the state to take over the Medicaid program's prescription drug benefits, which affects 13 million people. CBS News, "California could create a prescription drug label, a first among states," 10 Jan. 2020 Bloomberg reports that even though the plant shut down in April 2019, NV Energy wasn’t allowed to sever its agreement with the plant until late in 2019, after the DoE was forced to take over the shuttered plant in August. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The $1 Billion Solar Plant Is an Obsolete, Expensive Flop," 10 Jan. 2020 Mike Leach is leaving Washington State to take over as head coach for Mississippi State, USA TODAY Sports confirmed Thursday. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "The arrivals of Mike Leach and Lane Kiffin in Mississippi just made the Egg Bowl a must-watch rivalry," 9 Jan. 2020 Private equity firms also use billions of dollars of debt to take over public companies and, ideally, spruce them up and make more competitive. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Risky corporate debt is piling up, out of sight from global regulators," 7 Jan. 2020 After Mo Lewis of the Jets delivered a crushing hit on Drew Bledsoe of the Patriots on Sept. 23, 2001, New England turned to a sixth-round draft pick named Tom Brady to take over as quarterback. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Tom Brady and the Patriots Have to Part Ways Someday. Is It Too Soon?," 7 Jan. 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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20 Jan 2020

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“Takeover.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/takeover?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=takeov01. Accessed 26 January 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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How to pronounce take over (audio)

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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