[ pree-empt ]
/ priˈɛmpt /
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verb (used with object)
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.
to take the place of because of priorities, reconsideration, rescheduling, etc.; supplant: The special newscast preempted the usual television program.
to forestall or prevent (something anticipated) by acting first; preclude; head off: an effort to preempt inflation.
verb (used without object)
Bridge. to make a preemptive bid.
Bridge. a preemptive bid.
OTHER WORDS FOR preempt
1 claim, appropriate, usurp.
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Origin of preempt
An Americanism first recorded in 1840–50; back formation from preemption
OTHER WORDS FROM preemptpre·emp·ti·ble [pree-emp-tuh-buhl], /priˈɛmp tə bəl/, adjectivepre·emp·tor [pree-emp-tawr, -ter], /priˈɛmp tɔr, -tər/, nounpre·emp·to·ry [pree-emp-tuh-ree], /priˈɛmp tə ri/, adjective
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How to use preempt in a sentence
Venus is like an angel on your shoulder, preempting any rash moves.What the Stars Predict for Your Week|Starsky + Cox|August 20, 2011|DAILY BEAST
“I was there,” he wrote on his blog, preempting the next hit.Russia's Amazing Drugs and Hookers Scandal|Michael Idov|March 23, 2010|DAILY BEAST
She stepped through her curtain and said gaily: "You're preempting my privilege, Philip."Claire|Leslie Burton Blades
He called up both women, alleging a visit to strike headquarters to one, and preempting the other for the afternoon.Mountain|Clement Wood
I felt like going into the Northwest and preempting a homestead.One Way Out|William Carleton
British Dictionary definitions for preempt
/ (prɪˈɛmpt) /
(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
Derived forms of pre-emptpre-emptor, nounpre-emptory, adjective
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