- (idiomatic) To assume control of something, especially by force; to usurp.
- (idiomatic) To adopt a further responsibility or duty.
- He will take over the job permanently when the accountant retires.
- (idiomatic) To relieve someone temporarily.
- My husband is taking over the accounts department during the holiday period, while the chief accountant is away.
- If you will take over driving, I'd like to get some sleep.
- (idiomatic) To buy out the ownership of a business.
- Acme Motors is to take over Jetcar Industries this week, if all goes as planned.
- (idiomatic) To appropriate something without permission.
- (idiomatic) To annex a territory by conquest or invasion.
- Ancient Rome took over lands throughout the known world.
- (idiomatic, intransitive) To become more successful than someone or something else.
- Buzz Lightyear has taken over Woody as the most popular children's toy.
- Tiger Woods has taken over as the top golfer.