Definition of take something over in English:

take something over

phrasal verb

  • 1Assume control of something.

    ‘British troops had taken over the German trenches’
    • ‘Officers said that the perimeter of the cathedral was controlled by police, but the inside of the church had been taken over by Rock Steady.’
    • ‘East Timor, a former Portuguese colony, was invaded in 1975 by Indonesian troops, with 200,000 of its citizens killed before it was taken over.’
    • ‘They just wanted to have our troops invade it and take it over.’
    • ‘The new struggle is the sort that is happening in Iraq, where resources have been taken over and people are struggling to gain back local control of them.’
    • ‘But again, I think they want to control their case, and when the media starts taking it over and the ‘Enquirer’ is the one breaking news on evidence, then they've got a problem.’
    • ‘We can be attracted to that other, wishing to possess it, control it, or take it over and make it part of ourselves: this is passion.’
    • ‘Anisminic Ltd was a British mining company which had owned property in Egypt, but during the Suez Crisis in 1956 the property was taken over by Israeli troops and £500,000 worth of damage was caused to it.’
    • ‘Considering the fact if an airliner is taken over, and the pilot is no longer in control of the aircraft, the US Government's option is to send up a couple of F - 15s to blast the airliner from the sky.’
    • ‘Let's invade the country and take it over so they know where they can kill our troops.’
    • ‘On December 17, 1943, residents were forced to leave the village near Warminster when it was taken over for training US troops in the Second World War.’
    assume control of, take control of, gain control of, take charge of, take command of, assume responsibility for
    assume, acquire, gain, appropriate, be elevated to
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    1. 1.1(of a company) buy out another.
      ‘his new company took over his old one’
      • ‘It acquired 20% of Montedison with the idea of taking it over, extracting the power company and part-financing the deal through disposals of Montedison's other assets.’
      • ‘At this stage, it's not clear what CH's plan for the satellites is - assuming it does indeed take them over.’
      • ‘In the late 1990s the paper was taken over by the Alpha Newspaper group, which is controlled by former Ulster Unionist MP and Stormont cabinet minister John Taylor, now Lord Kilclooney.’
      • ‘In the technology world, this is not your classic merger where the acquirer nukes 90% of the staff of the acquired company and basically takes it over.’
      • ‘In such a scenario he said the Israelis could end up with full control of the company without paying to take it over.’
      • ‘British Land first acquired an interest in the York properties in 1997 before taking them over completely.’
      • ‘The management team had been together for a good number of years and we felt it was an appropriate time to take it over.’
      • ‘My wife and I got some money from First Active shares earlier this year when the company was taken over and we haven't done anything about capital gains tax.’
      • ‘We remain interested in taking it over as a community-owned facility so we can more appropriately care for it but there is no way we can pay big sum of money for it.’
      • ‘Mr Woodhead ran Standard Fireworks in Huddersfield until a Hong Kong company took it over and moved production to China, blaming excessive factory controls in this country.’
    2. 1.2Become responsible for a task in succession to another.
      ‘he will take over as chief executive in April’
      • ‘The control of pollution functions were taken over by the National Rivers Authority and consolidated in the Water Resources Act 1991.’
      • ‘Eventually, these simple, repetitive tasks were taken over by newly designed machines.’
      • ‘It should also be noted that GPs are absolved of their responsibilities when the care is taken over by a hospital.’
      • ‘When the UDC's property and responsibilities were taken over by Bradford Council in 1974, the stones were left in the Ashlands Road cemetery, some piled on crates, with some of the others left standing against a wall.’
      • ‘The 173d Airborne Brigade escorted Air Force fuel from Mosul to Kirkuk until the task was taken over by the 101st Corps Support Group.’
      • ‘If necessary, part of the responsibility is taken over by the internal security troops.’
      • ‘The key to all of this is training troops and police forces to take that mission over.’
      • ‘All border controls were taken over by the Bundesgrenzschutz.’
      • ‘Elders who formerly controlled distribution of land within the family and household lost some of this control, as it was taken over increasingly by outsiders with political clout.’
      • ‘City's finances were taken over by the State Financial Control Board.’
      deputize, act, act as deputy, substitute, act as substitute, act as stand-in, fill in, sit in, do duty, take over, act as understudy, act as locum, do a locum, be a proxy, cover, provide cover, hold the fort, step into the breach
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  • 2Printing
    Transfer text to the next line.

    • ‘But a syllable of two letters must not be taken over to the next line.’