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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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