- to take control of something - often by force
- to take over the duties of someone
- to replace something or someone
- to dominate a situation
- takeover mostly means act of acquiring a company by another (combined as a single word)
- I can't believe that they were able to launch a takeover of our company.
- Britain used to go in and take over countries by force.
- My husband has been selected to take over as principal when Mr Jones retires at the end of the year.
- He will take over the project from me when I go on leave.
- When the machines take over we will not be needed to do manual jobs anymore.
- Laptops have almost completely taken over from desktops in the last few years. They are so much more convenient.
- We were working very well together until she decided to take over the meeting.
- Google is planning to takeover a couple of software companies next year.
The term has been used since 1917 to describe the act of taking over from someone. In 1958 the word takeover became popular when describing one company taking control of another.
The verbal phrase has been in use since 1884.
It is easy to assume that the phrase is a combination of the word take, meaning "to lay hold of something" and the word over, meaning "complete."