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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of assuming control or management of or responsibility for something, especially the seizure of power, as in a nation, political organization, or corporation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The purchase of one company by another; a merger without the formation of a new company, especially where some stakeholders in the purchased company oppose the purchase.
  • n. The acquisition of a public company whose shares are listed on a stock exchange, in contrast to the acquisition of a private company.
  • n. A time or event in which control or authority, especially over a facility is passed from one party to the next.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The acquisition of ownership of one company by another company, usually by purchasing a controlling percentage of its stock or by exchanging stock of the purchasing company for that of the purchased company. It is a hostile takeover if the management of the company being taken over is opposed to the deal. A hostile takeover is sometimes organized by a corporate raider.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
  • n. a change by sale or merger in the controlling interest of a corporation
  • v. take up and practice as one's own
  • v. seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
  • v. take up, as of debts or payments
  • v. do over
  • v. free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
  • v. take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
  • v. take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
  • v. take over ownership of; of corporations and companies

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