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[teyk-oh-ver] /ˈteɪkˌoʊ vər/
the act of seizing, appropriating, or arrogating authority, control, management, etc.
an acquisition or gaining control of a corporation through the purchase or exchange of stock.
Also, take-over.
Origin of takeover
1940-45; noun use of verb phrase take over
Related forms
antitakeover, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for takeover
  • But jellyfish are thriving and appear poised for a takeover.
  • One can argue about whether these are good ideas or not, but in no case do his proposals seek or result in any kind of takeover.
  • There are incentives and then there is out-right takeover of the system.
  • By any standard that was a bargain, but the takeover raises some concerns.
  • It is no coincidence government takeover of healthcare is packaged with direct lending.
  • Corruption and mismanagement soon prompted a state takeover of the entire city.
  • When you buy a publicly traded company, by contrast, you typically have to pay a steep takeover premium.
  • Levin and his sophisticated advisers were pretty confident they could prevent a takeover.
  • The check was used to buy more stock in the takeover targets.
  • But it wasn't done as a corporate-style hostile takeover.
British Dictionary definitions for takeover

take over

verb (adverb)
to assume the control or management of
(printing) to move (copy) to the next line
  1. the act of seizing or assuming power, control, etc
  2. (as modifier): takeover bid
(sport) another word for changeover (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for takeover

1917, "an act of taking over," noun derivative of verbal phrase take over (1884), from take (v.) + over. Attested from 1958 in the corporate sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for takeover



Having to do with food bought to be eaten away from the place where it is prepared: pies she hoped to sell to the ''take-out'' trade (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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