The English phrasal verb TAKE OVER has the following meanings:
1. Take over = to assume control
(transitive) When someone assumes control and is in charge of responsibilities, people, or duties. To begin to do something that someone else was doing.
- The leader of my group left, so I decided to take over.
- I have decided to take over the business now that my father has retired.
- You look sick, you should go home. Don’t worry, I’ll take over for you.
- The company was taken over by an experienced businessman.
- The government was taken over by the rebel forces.
2. Take over = to buy out the ownership of a company
(transitive) When one company buys the majority of shares in another company in order to control it
- Our company has been taken over by a British conglomerate.
3. Take over = to conquer
(transitive) Take over can also mean conquer, especially in historical situations (a king taking over another country).
- Gibraltar was taken over by a Castilian force in August 1492.
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