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take (sth) over

phrasal verb with take uk   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. Colin Lamb has taken over responsibility for this project.
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(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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(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.
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