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preempt

or pre-empt

[pree-empt] /priˈɛmpt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to occupy (land) in order to establish a prior right to buy.
2.
to acquire or appropriate before someone else; take for oneself; arrogate:
a political issue preempted by the opposition party.
3.
to take the place of because of priorities, reconsideration, rescheduling, etc.; supplant:
The special newscast preempted the usual television program.
verb (used without object)
4.
Bridge. to make a preemptive bid.
5.
to forestall or prevent (something anticipated) by acting first; preclude; head off:
an effort to preempt inflation.
noun
6.
Bridge. a preemptive bid.
Origin of preempt
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; back formation from preemption
Related forms
preemptible, adjective
preemptor
[pree-emp-tawr, -ter] /priˈɛmp tɔr, -tər/ (Show IPA),
noun
preemptory
[pree-emp-tuh-ree] /priˈɛmp tə ri/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unpreempted, adjective
Synonyms
1. claim, appropriate, usurp.
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  • We destroyed, we preempted; we are destroyed and we have been thrust out.

  • But this region was at once preempted for freedom upon the discovery of gold.

  • So much earth must be preempted to extract so much moisture.

  • Around the walls of the yellow parlor, chairs stood two deep, occupied, or preempted by fan or gloves or lacy handkerchief.

    The Valiants of Virginia Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Among the wild kindreds, even as among men, most things worth having are preempted.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts

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