Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for preemptory
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • That command two nights ago for me to be on the spot every night was just too preemptory for me to oblige.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • As we passed by a house an upper window was lifted and a voice called out in a preemptory tone and asked what cavalry that was.

    A History of the Town of Fairfax

    Jeanne Johnson Rust
  • She sat down on the top step of the landing, where she had so often paused to read her letters, and re-read the preemptory letter.

  • Quite accustomed to the old ladys moods, Marjorie obligingly complied with the preemptory request.

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for preempt

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for preemptory

0
21
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for preemptory