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take something over

Definition of take something over in English:

1 (also take over) Assume control of something: British troops had taken over the German trenches
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
1.1(Of a company) buy out another: his new company took over his old one
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  • At this stage, it's not clear what CH's plan for the satellites is - assuming it does indeed take them over.
  • The management team had been together for a good number of years and we felt it was an appropriate time to take it over.
  • 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.
1.2Become responsible for a task in succession to another: he will take over as chief executive in April
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  • Eventually, these simple, repetitive tasks were taken over by newly designed machines.
  • The 173d Airborne Brigade escorted Air Force fuel from Mosul to Kirkuk until the task was taken over by the 101st Corps Support Group.
  • 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.
2 Printing Transfer text to the next line.
Example sentences
  • But a syllable of two letters must not be taken over to the next line.
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