verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of preempt
OTHER WORDS FROM preemptpre·emp·ti·ble, adjectivepre·emp·tor [pree-emp-tawr, -ter], /priˈɛmp tɔr, -tər/, nounpre·emp·to·ry [pree-emp-tuh-ree], /priˈɛmp tə ri/, adjectiveun·pre·empt·ed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for preempt
By stepping down, the embattled McCaffery preempted an ethics investigation that could have cost him his state pension.
The lowly rated four-hour block on caucus night preempted his show.
In fact, his Countdown program was preempted for the live caucus coverage.
Mandela, soon after the 1994 election, preempted them by publicly announcing he would step down after one five-year term.
State laws in this area are, in constitutional jargon, “preempted” by federal immigration law.
The lowlands were preempted long ago, and the contest for parts of them between the mills and the homes has been intense.
They entered, but did not sit down, as there was only one chair, which later was preempted by Welty.Edith and John|Franklin S. Farquhar
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
He preempted land on the Pataha prairie and resided there until 1876.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 1 (of 2)|William Denison Lyman
Among the wild kindreds, even as among men, most things worth having are preempted.The House in the Water|Charles G. D. Roberts