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take (sth) over

verb uk phrasal verb with take   /teɪk/ (took, taken) us  

(START DOING)

B2 to start doing a job or being responsible for something that another person did or had responsibility for before: He took over from the previous headmaster in February. She took over as manager two weeks ago. Colin Lamb has taken over responsibility for this project.

(GET CONTROL)

to get control of a company by buying enough of the shares in it: The company he works for has recently been taken over.
See also

(BECOME MORE POWERFUL)

C2 to become more successful or powerful than something or someone else that is involved in the same type of activity: It's only a matter of time before they take over completely.
(Definition of take (sth) over from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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