Meaning of “takeover” in the English Dictionary

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"takeover" in British English

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takeovernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈteɪkˌəʊ.vər/ us /ˈteɪkˌoʊ.vɚ/

C1 a situation in which a company gets control of another company by buying enough of its shares:

They were involved in a takeover last year.
make a takeover bid for sth

to try to get control of something:

The company made a takeover bid for one of its rivals.

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  • It has emerged that secret talks had been going on between the two companies before the takeover was announced.
  • The bank fought off a takeover by another bank recently.
  • The takeover battle is between two of America's industrial/retail giants .
  • The company has decided not to go through with the takeover of its smaller rival.
  • The company spent much effort in avoiding takeover bids from predatory competitors.

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

"takeover" in American English

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takeovernoun [ C ]

us /ˈteɪkˌoʊ·vər/

an act of taking control of something:

Huge corporate takeovers were the big financial news this year.

(Definition of “takeover” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"takeover" in Business English

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takeovernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈteɪkˌəʊvər/ us

FINANCE the act of taking control of a company by buying enough of its shares to do this:

The company has agreed an $11.5bn takeover.
friendly/hostile takeover In hostile takeovers, the employees of the target firm are often concerned about losing their jobs.
takeover of sth the takeover of British toymakers by American multinationals
takeover candidate/target The dramatic rise in the stock price made it a less attractive takeover target.
takeover attempt/proposal They are expected to receive a takeover proposal from a US-based multinational.
The company announced it was in takeover talks.

(Definition of “takeover” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)