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Definition of take over phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


take over

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

take over (from something)

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to become bigger or more important than something else; to replace something Try not to let negative thoughts take over. It has been suggested that mammals took over from dinosaurs 65 million years ago. In your teens, peer-group friendships may take over from parents as the major influence on you.

    take over (from somebody)


    take somethingover (from somebody)

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  1. 1to begin to have control of or responsibility for something, especially in place of someone else
  2. 2to gain control of a political party, a country, etc. The army is threatening to take over if civil unrest continues.

take somethingover

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to gain control of a business, a company, etc., especially by buying shares CBS Records was taken over by Sony. related noun takeover
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