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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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