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take charge

To take responsibility, authority, or control over (someone or something), especially after having not done so initially. The manager had to take charge after the project failed to meet its initial deadline. Mary's going to take charge of the desk for the evening. I was unexpectedly asked to take charge of their children when they passed away.
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take charge (of someone or something)

to take (over) control of someone or something. The president came in late and took charge of the meeting. When the new manager took charge, things really began to happen.
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take charge

Assume control, command, or responsibility, as in I'll take charge of selling the tickets if you'll do the publicity, or They're not happy about the counselor who took charge of the children. [Late 1300s]
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take ˈcharge (of something)

begin to have control or command: The Chief Inspector took charge of the investigations into the murder.
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take charge

To assume control or command.
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'He had the right timing when he took charge,' JRU coach Vergel Meneses said of Teodoro.
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Yadav is believed to be the seventh UPA governor who has resigned after Modi took charge at the Centre.
Owens took charge of his first full international when he refereed Japan v Ireland in 2005 and was on the referee's panel for the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups.
The Russian, who made his Arsenal debut yesterday, has forged a close relationship with Hiddink since he took charge of the national side and has nothing but praise for the Dutchman.
Summary: Mr Hatem Ben Salem took charge as Minister of Education and Training, during a ceremony organized at the Ministry of Education in Tunis.
The 39-year-old management consultant, who now lives in London, took charge of the latest task set by business guru Sir Alan Sugar - to run a themed restaurant for a day.
After Mobile County sheriff's deputies took charge of the drug-making duo, they were charged with second-degree criminal trespass and manufacturing methamphetamine.
'I have been lucky enough to have done the FA Cup final before but to represent your country in a major tournament is great,' said the 39-year-old Yorkshireman, who took charge of his first Premiership match back in 1996.
He took charge of his first international just two years ago when Wales thrashed Romania in Cardiff and has since then blown the whistle at numerous internationals.
The patrolmen took charge of the situation and kept the boy calm until emergency medical units arrived.
Berman, CEO of the Tufts Health Plan in Boston, took charge of Tufts in 1986 and immediately began making changes.
Lloyd's Chief Executive Nick Prettejohn, who took charge in 1999 to manage a tricky transition, recently answered questions about the market as it straddles the line between its future and its past.
Gloucester's Hayward landed a penalty two minutes later but Leicester took charge after half time.