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1. To carry, deliver, or shuttle someone or something over or across something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "over." The ferry will take you over the channel in about four hours. That's the ship that took over supplies during the war.
2. To carry or deliver someone or something to someone or some place. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "over." Often followed by "to (someone or some place)." Will you take these documents over to the legal team for them to review? I'm taking the kids over to the playground for the afternoon.
3. To assume command, control, or responsibility. Sometimes followed by "from (someone)." The police were ordered to stand down until the FBI came to take over. We took the project over halfway through its development, so there was a steep learning curve at first. I'm the new manager. I'll be taking over from John.
4. To dominate or control (something). The two teams were evenly matched for most of the game, but the reigning champions took over in the fourth quarter. We were hoping for an open and equal discussion, but the loudmouthed director took over very early on.
5. To conquer something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "over." Her militaristic mindset makes it seem like she wants to take over the world. We're aiming to take the entire region over with our planned expansion.
6. To supplant, replace, or overtake something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "over." Mobile phones have largely taken over home phones for most people in recent years. The company is projected to take over their rival in the production of computer chips by the year 2020.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
take someone or something over
(to someone or something) to deliver someone or something to someone or something. Would you take this over to Tiffany? Would you take Tiffany over to the office? take someone or something with one to take away someone or something when one leaves. When you go, take Liz with you. Please take your dog with you.
take someone or something over
to take charge (of someone or something); to assume control of someone or something. The new manager will take the office over next week. Will you please take over your children? I can't seem to control them.
take something over
1. to assume responsibility for a task. It looks as if I'm going to have to take the project over. I will take over the project.
2. to acquire all of an asset; [for a company] to acquire another company. Carl set out to take the failing airline over. He took over the failing company with the help of a number of investment bankers.
3. to take control of something. The dictator hoped to take over the world little by little. He just might take it over.
take over (from someone)
to assume the role or job of someone. I take over for the manager next month. Liz takes over and will be in charge.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Assume control, management, or possession of, as in The pilot told his copilot to take over the controls, or There's a secret bid to take over our company. [Late 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To bear something over or across something: The boat took the passengers safely over the shoals.
2. To bear something to some other place: Would you take these blankets over to our neighbor? The painters might get paint on the floor; please take over these newspapers and put them underneath the ladder.
3. To assume control of, management of, or responsibility for something: She took over the job after he left. I took the position over from my aunt after she retired. The vice president will take over as president.
4. To become dominant: Our defense took over in the second half of the basketball game.
5. To take the place of something: Computers have largely taken over typewriters. Do you think India will take China over as the country with the largest population?
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.