Meaning of “take (sth) over” in the English Dictionary

"take (sth) over" in British English

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take (sth) over

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

(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.
Jason Lamb has taken over responsibility for this project.

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  • Do you know who's taking over the restaurant?
  • I've taken over from Vanessa as head of the sales department.

(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.
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More examples

  • Our company was taken over in May.
  • There are rumours that a German firm is bidding to take over the shoe factory.

(Definition of “take (sth) over” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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