Meaning of take over in English:

take over

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phrasal verb

  • 1also take something over, take over somethingAssume control of something.

    ‘in 1938 the Nazis took over’
    • ‘British troops had taken over the German trenches’
    • ‘We can be attracted to that other, wishing to possess it, control it, or take it over and make it part of ourselves: this is passion.’
    • ‘On December 17, 1943, residents were forced to leave the village near Warminster when it was taken over for training US troops in the Second World War.’
    • ‘The new struggle is the sort that is happening in Iraq, where resources have been taken over and people are struggling to gain back local control of them.’
    • ‘They just wanted to have our troops invade it and take it over.’
    • ‘But again, I think they want to control their case, and when the media starts taking it over and the ‘Enquirer’ is the one breaking news on evidence, then they've got a problem.’
    • ‘Officers said that the perimeter of the cathedral was controlled by police, but the inside of the church had been taken over by Rock Steady.’
    • ‘Let's invade the country and take it over so they know where they can kill our troops.’
    • ‘Considering the fact if an airliner is taken over, and the pilot is no longer in control of the aircraft, the US Government's option is to send up a couple of F - 15s to blast the airliner from the sky.’
    • ‘East Timor, a former Portuguese colony, was invaded in 1975 by Indonesian troops, with 200,000 of its citizens killed before it was taken over.’
    assume control of, take control of, gain control of, take charge of, take command of, assume responsibility for
    1. 1.1Become responsible for a task in succession to another.
      ‘he will take over as chief executive in April’
      • ‘Eventually, these simple, repetitive tasks were taken over by newly designed machines.’
      • ‘The 173d Airborne Brigade escorted Air Force fuel from Mosul to Kirkuk until the task was taken over by the 101st Corps Support Group.’
      • ‘When the UDC's property and responsibilities were taken over by Bradford Council in 1974, the stones were left in the Ashlands Road cemetery, some piled on crates, with some of the others left standing against a wall.’
      • ‘It should also be noted that GPs are absolved of their responsibilities when the care is taken over by a hospital.’
      • ‘If necessary, part of the responsibility is taken over by the internal security troops.’
      • ‘The control of pollution functions were taken over by the National Rivers Authority and consolidated in the Water Resources Act 1991.’
      • ‘All border controls were taken over by the Bundesgrenzschutz.’
      • ‘Elders who formerly controlled distribution of land within the family and household lost some of this control, as it was taken over increasingly by outsiders with political clout.’
      • ‘The key to all of this is training troops and police forces to take that mission over.’
      • ‘City's finances were taken over by the State Financial Control Board.’
      deputize, act, act as deputy, substitute, act as substitute, act as stand-in, fill in, sit in, do duty, take over, act as understudy, act as locum, do a locum, be a proxy, cover, provide cover, hold the fort, step into the breach
    2. 1.2take something over, take over something(of a company) buy out another.
      ‘his new company took over his old one’
      • ‘At this stage, it's not clear what CH's plan for the satellites is - assuming it does indeed take them over.’
      • ‘The management team had been together for a good number of years and we felt it was an appropriate time to take it over.’
      • ‘Mr Woodhead ran Standard Fireworks in Huddersfield until a Hong Kong company took it over and moved production to China, blaming excessive factory controls in this country.’
      • ‘In the technology world, this is not your classic merger where the acquirer nukes 90% of the staff of the acquired company and basically takes it over.’
      • ‘British Land first acquired an interest in the York properties in 1997 before taking them over completely.’
      • ‘We remain interested in taking it over as a community-owned facility so we can more appropriately care for it but there is no way we can pay big sum of money for it.’
      • ‘It acquired 20% of Montedison with the idea of taking it over, extracting the power company and part-financing the deal through disposals of Montedison's other assets.’
      • ‘My wife and I got some money from First Active shares earlier this year when the company was taken over and we haven't done anything about capital gains tax.’
      • ‘In such a scenario he said the Israelis could end up with full control of the company without paying to take it over.’
      • ‘In the late 1990s the paper was taken over by the Alpha Newspaper group, which is controlled by former Ulster Unionist MP and Stormont cabinet minister John Taylor, now Lord Kilclooney.’
  • 2take something over, take over somethingPrinting
    Transfer text to the next line.

    • ‘But a syllable of two letters must not be taken over to the next line.’