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taking over

noun as in accession


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Example Sentences

Now, visitors are scarce and the jungle is taking over, leaving some locals nostalgic.

Taking over the role of Audrey Griswold from Dana Barron and Dana Hill is a young Juliette Lewis in one of her first film roles.

If Asteroids was taking over the lives of men in business, what was it doing to the men whose business was Asteroids?

In May, the IRGC declared that it was taking over responsibility of border police and is reinforcing border posts.

By taking over Novoazovsk, the separatists cleared the way for more servicemen to pour into Ukraine.

I decided after anxious searching of heart to help the French by taking over some portion of their line with the Naval Brigade.

Within five days of Lannes's taking over command the whole complexion of the situation had altered.

Scientists had arrived, too, and they were taking over much of the detail of keeping track of the magma.

The Dominion authorities offered generous terms, financing the land purchase scheme, and taking over the railway.

A big syndicate is taking over the other steamship properties, and we must hustle to keep up with the procession.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for taking over?

Taking over can mean the same thing as taking control.

In this sense, it often means taking complete control. A dictator might be said to be taking over the government during a coup, for example. The noun takeover can refer to such a situation, as in government takeover.

Taking over can also mean taking charge—assuming a position of authority, as in The new board president is taking over after this month.

It can also mean assuming responsibility (for someone else) in a situation, as in Mary will be taking over my volunteering duties, so please direct all questions to her. To take over responsibility for someone in this way is to relieve them or fill in for them.

Sometimes, saying that someone is taking over implies that they are ousting someone else (kicking them out and replacing them).

Taking over can also mean becoming the dominant new thing, as in A new dance craze is taking over the country. This sense is often used in the context of nature, as in Due to a lack of natural predators, the insect is taking over. A word that means something similar is dominate.

How do you use taking over in a sentence?

Taking over is the continuous tense (-ing form) of the verb phrase take over. It has several different shades of meaning and can be used in many different circumstances.

Here are some examples of taking over in a sentence:

  • The movie is about a space warlord taking over an entire galaxy. 
  • Our department is taking over the project in an attempt to finish it on time.
  • My promotion involves me taking over several new accounts.
  • The new fashion trend is taking over this season.

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On this page you'll find 1327 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to take over, such as: accept, approve, embrace, endorse, follow, and maintain.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.