take over

take over

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see take, over
    He took the car over to the garage.
  2. To assume control of something, especially by force; to usurp.
    • 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, "Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders ↗," New York Times (retrieved 21 June 2013):
      In Rio de Janeiro, thousands protested in a gritty area far from the city’s upscale seaside districts. In other cities, demonstrators blocked roads, barged into City Council meetings or interrupted sessions of local lawmakers, clapping loudly and sometimes taking over the microphone.
  3. To adopt a further responsibility or duty.
    He will take over the job permanently when the accountant retires.
  4. To relieve someone temporarily.
    My husband is taking over the accounts department during the holiday period, while the chief accountant is away.
    If you will take over driving, I'd like to get some sleep.
  5. To buy out the ownership of a business.
    Acme Motors is to take Jetcar Industries over this week, if all goes as planned.
  6. To appropriate something without permission.
  7. To annex a territory by conquest or invasion.
    Ancient Rome took over lands throughout the known world.
  8. (transitive, intransitive) To become more successful (than someone or something else).
    Buzz Lightyear has taken over Woody as the most popular children's toy.
    Tiger Woods has taken over as the top golfer.
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