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


The government experienced a military takeover in 2002. the new government's high-handed takeover of private industries


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

In line with the Gaines newly announced DIY Network takeover, one of Crew's first photos was for his passport! Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Chip and Joanna Gaineses' Love Story Is Better Than The Notebook," 19 Apr. 2019 In Ohio, public school systems in cities like Dayton and Columbus are also worried about state takeovers, which have taken place in Youngstown, East Cleveland, and Lorain, Ohio. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "This Toledo News Station's Viral Cringe-Worthy Video Had a Good Reason Behind It," 29 Mar. 2019 Their presence heralds an eerie global takeover, a world in which the worst-case scenario looks just like us—only more sinister. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Us Offers a Terrifying Vision of Judgement Day," 26 Mar. 2019 The Sage of Omaha’s Berkshire Hathaway is shelling out $10 billion to Occidental Petroleum to help its takeover efforts for Anadarko Petroleum. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "Warren Buffett Helps Occidental Raise Anadarko Ante, but at Steep Price," 30 Apr. 2019 No one expected the season’s emotional climax to unfurl at Tommy Hilfiger’s Paris takeover. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 8 Beauty Takeaways of Paris Fashion Week," 6 Mar. 2019 Nevertheless, Qualcomm asked regulators to review the takeover effort. Michael J. De La Merced And Chad Bray, New York Times, "Broadcom Drops Bid for Qualcomm After Trump’s Intervention," 14 Mar. 2018 The collapse of merger talks between Deutsche Bank AG and Commerzbank AG has opened the door to what the German government was trying to avoid in the first place: a foreign takeover of its banks. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "Foreign Banks Circle as Deutsche Bank-Commerzbank Deal Collapses," 25 Apr. 2019 That threat, of course, is Fisk (aka Kingpin), who manipulates his own release from prison and sets in motion a meticulous takeover of the city's various crime syndicates. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Wilson Fisk is back and better than ever in season 3 of Daredevil," 12 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The bank said Wednesday that Brandee McHale will take over as head of the foundation on Aug. 1. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Wells Fargo will shift more of its charitable giving to housing affordability," 5 June 2019 Grand Canyon had five players taken over three days of this week's MLB draft, tying the school record for most in a draft. Richard Obert, azcentral, "GCU baseball ties school record with 5 players taken in MLB draft," 5 June 2019 The Woodbury Community Theatre began 44 years ago and was taken over by Merrill in 2012. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Off-stage drama: Volunteer mutiny sparks new Woodbury theater group," 3 June 2019 The company was eventually taken over by his daughter Lucile and her husband Remy Chatain. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "One of the Most Iconic Wallpapers of All Time Is Back," 20 Mar. 2019 Indeed, when Related Companies took over the development, it was decided that the Shed would be built into 15 Hudson Yards, an 88-story high-rise with apartments listed for up to $32 million. Chloe Malle, Town & Country, "Is the Shed the Defining Arts Institution of a New New York City?," 14 Mar. 2019 Things did not work out as smoothly for the Western-aligned Congo, however: The country was taken over by Mobutu Sese Seko, who would change its name to Zaire and lead one of the most corrupt and ruthless dictatorships of the 20th century. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "That Time a CIA Spyplane Had to Dodge a Spear During the Cold War," 14 Jan. 2019 There’s no plan in sight to fund the roughly 25 percent of the federal government that almost certainly will remain closed at least through the new year — when Democrats take over the House. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump threatens to shut down the border for the third time in three months," 29 Dec. 2018 Its social media channels have been dormant for months, and the company’s domain name has been taken over by a scam effort purporting to be Time Warner Cable, a cable television service that no longer exists. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Mark Cuban’s hoverboard company has gone up in smoke," 26 Sep. 2018

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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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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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