verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of preempt
Examples from the Web for preempt
Tokyo was hoping to preempt a more nationalistic potential buyer from making the purchase.
Netanyahu would arguably be trying to preempt—not an Iranian nuclear attack—but the reelection of Barack Obama.
To avoid blame, Cantor claimed that the Democrats were intending to do the same and he just wanted to preempt them.9 Revelations From Robert Draper’s ‘Do Not Ask What Good We Do’|Ben Jacobs|April 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
So this year, take action and preempt the chocolate raid by making him these fabulous melting and fudgy brownies for Father's Day.
The Obama team was right to preempt the Brazil/Turkish pact on nuclear exchanges with Iran.
The woman who forgives and doesn't forget is trying to preempt heaven and raise hell.The Complete Cynic|Oliver Herford
It was what is called a wind-break and I determined to preempt it for the night.The Indians' Last Fight|Dennis Collins