take over


take over
1) PHRASAL VERB If you take over a company, you get control of it, for example by buying its shares.

[V P n (not pron)] A British newspaper says British Airways plan to take over Trans World Airways. [Also V n P]

2) PHRASAL VERB If someone takes over a country or building, they get control of it by force, for example with the help of the army.

[V P n (not pron)] The Belgians took over Rwanda under a League of Nations mandate...

[V P n (not pron)] The parliament in Madrid was taken over by civil guards. [Also V n P]

3) PHRASAL VERB If you take over a job or role or you take over, you become responsible for the job after someone else has stopped doing it.

[V P n (not pron)] His widow has taken over the running of his empire, including six London theatres...

[V P from n] In 1966, Pastor Albertz took over from him as governing mayor...

[V P] She took over as chief executive of the Book Trust.

4) PHRASAL VERB If one thing takes over from something else, it becomes more important, successful, or powerful than the other thing, and eventually replaces it.

[V P from n] Cars gradually took over from horses...

[V P] When the final vote came, rationality took over.

5) See also takeover

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Take-over — auch: Take|over 〈[tɛıkoʊvə(r)] m. 6 oder n. 15; Wirtsch.〉 Kauf eines Unternehmens durch ein anderes mit dem Ziel, dessen Produkte zu übernehmen bzw. zu kontrollieren [engl. „Übernahme, Ablösung“] * * * Take over, Take|over [ teɪk|oʊvɐ , auch: …… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Take-over — Take over, auch Take|over [... ouvə] das; s, s <aus engl. take over »Übernahme« zu to take over »übernehmen«>: a) Kauf, Übernahme eines Unternehmens bzw. Übernahme der Leitung eines erworbenen Unternehmens; b) gewinnbringende Übernahme von… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • take over — (something) to get control of something. Believe me, your mother will take over your life if you let her! The new director made changes the minute she took over. We are ready to hand over power as soon as there is someone ready to take it over …   New idioms dictionary

  • take over — index accroach, annex (arrogate), appropriate, attach (seize), condemn (seize), confiscate …   Law dictionary

  • take-over — /te(i)&kover, ingl. ˈteɪkˌəuvə(r)/ [vc. ingl., dal v. to take over «assumere il comando, subentrare»] s. m. inv. (econ., di compagnia quotata in borsa) scalata, acquisizione …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • take over — ► take over assume control of or responsibility for. Main Entry: ↑take …   English terms dictionary

  • take-over — (izg. tȇjk ȏver) DEFINICIJA publ. uzimanje, preuzimanje vlasništva nad imovinom ETIMOLOGIJA engl …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • take-over — index disseisin, sequestration Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • take over — phrasal verb Word forms take over : present tense I/you/we/they take over he/she/it takes over present participle taking over past tense took over past participle taken over 1) [intransitive/transitive] to begin to do something that someone else… …   English dictionary

  • take over — UK US take over Phrasal Verb with take({{}}/teɪk/ verb [T] (took, taken) ► [I or T] to begin to have control of something: »The firm was badly in need of restructuring when she took over. take sth over »The asset management company took over the… …   Financial and business terms


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