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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytake over
he/she/ittakes over
present participletaking over
past tensetook over
past participletaken over
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to begin to do something that someone else was doing
    Can you take over the cooking while I walk the dog?
    take (something) over from someone: I’ll take over from you for a moment.
    take over as something: Jane took over as director after Richard retired.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to take control of something
    IBM is taking over the smaller company.
    Gibraltar was taken over by Spain in 1462.
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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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