to occupy (land) in order to establish a prior right to buy.
to acquire or appropriate before someone else; take for oneself; arrogate: a political issue preempted by the opposition party.
Bridge. to make a preemptive bid.
Bridge. a preemptive bid.
- pre·emp·ti·ble [pree-emp-tuh-buhl], /priˈɛmp tə bəl/, adjective
- pre·emp·tor [pree-emp-tawr, -ter], /priˈɛmp tɔr, -tər/, noun
- pre·emp·to·ry [pree-emp-tuh-ree], /priˈɛmp tə ri/, adjective
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How to use preempt in a sentence
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Worse yet, if the court does come out against Obamacare, it can well preempt the decision of the American people in November.Supreme Court’s Obamacare Ruling Will Politicize Judicial Process | Bruce Ackerman | November 15, 2011 | THE 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.
British Dictionary definitions for pre-empt
(tr) to acquire in advance of or to the exclusion of others; appropriate
(tr) mainly US to occupy (public land) in order to acquire a prior right to purchase
(intr) bridge to make a high opening bid, often on a weak hand, to shut out opposition bidding
- pre-emptor, noun
- pre-emptory, adjective
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