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 Housing Authority is essentially frozen as the takeover proceeds, and there are no vouchers to give. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "Scared for her own safety, SF mother whose son was slain gets caught in housing nightmare," 14 Sep. 2019 An English aristocrat and a cattleman drive a herd across the Australian Outback to save her ranch from a hostile takeover. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 In 2000 over 75% of the money spent by European companies on cross-border takeovers was earmarked for other European companies. The Economist, "The economic policy at the heart of Europe is creaking," 12 Sep. 2019 Wie will also contribute to Golf Channel's digital and social media platforms, including Instagram story takeovers. Beth Ann Nichols, USA TODAY, "Michelle Wie joining Golf Channel as an analyst during Solheim Cup coverage," 11 Sep. 2019 Those revenue streams could help JCPS tackle its list of facility needs, officials wrote in the audit that led to a takeover recommendation. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville property taxes going up after JCPS board unanimously approves increase," 10 Sep. 2019 At the end of the show’s first season, a rival financier and his colleagues attempted a hostile takeover of Waystar. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "How Succession Skewers the Rich," 9 Sep. 2019 Nearly two years after he was ousted in a military takeover, Grace Mugabe's future in the former British colony is far from certain. Fox News, "Robert Mugabe dead: What happens to polarizing former first lady Grace Mugabe?," 7 Sep. 2019 What if the raccoons commandeer the grill and takeover the barbecue? Alex Watt, The New Yorker, "My Barbecue: F.A.Q.," 2 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb District Attorney Lorrin Freeman, who is based in Wake, took over the case after it was determined that prosecutor Michael Waters, who counts Granville County in his jurisdiction, had a conflict. Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Tina Burnside, CNN, "'Take care of it': North Carolina sheriff wanted ex-deputy with dirt on him killed, indictment says," 17 Sep. 2019 Chip Hale took over as the Nationals’ interim manager against the Cardinals. BostonGlobe.com, "Virginia coach declines raise," 17 Sep. 2019 Schelotto then took over in January, becoming the fourth manager in 25 months. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer! Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic the best player in MLS history?," 17 Sep. 2019 Dirk Koetter, the new/old OC, took over for him in 2012 and ran the offense through 2014. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Brees and Big Ben Concerns, the Ryan-Julio Hookup, Dak’s Magic and Poised Josh Allen: Week 2 in the NFL," 16 Sep. 2019 Mason Rudolph now takes over as the starter, and Pittsburgh’s coaches must help the second-year pro find comfort within the offense in a hurry. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Steelers' Mike Tomlin faces ultimate test after Ben Roethlisberger's injury," 16 Sep. 2019 The Ravens took over and ran out the clock to end the suspense and the game. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Cardinals can't solve Lamar Jackson, find enough red-zone success in loss to Ravens," 15 Sep. 2019 The 49ers took over at Cincinnati’s 43-yard line and required just four plays to take advantage of the field position: Garoppolo floated a 38-yard touchdown to all-alone wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for a 7-0 lead. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers offense awakens in 41-17 romp over Bengals; Staley suffers broken leg," 15 Sep. 2019 Lefty Tyler Webb took over and retired Mike Moustakas on a fly to shallow center, forcing Ben Gamel to hold at third base. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 7, Cardinals 6: Ryan Braun stuns St. Louis with two-out grand slam in ninth inning," 15 Sep. 2019

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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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31 Oct 2019

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The first known use of takeover was in 1618

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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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