TAKE OVER – phrasal verb – meanings and examples

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.

Take over – Summary Chart

TAKE OVER - Meanings and examples of this English Phrasal Verb

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