- 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.
- Bridge. to make a preemptive bid.
- to forestall or prevent (something anticipated) by acting first; preclude; head off: an effort to preempt inflation.
- Bridge. a preemptive bid.
Origin of preempt
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Related Words for preemptingconfiscate, acquire, expropriate, seize, assume, arrogate, anticipate, commandeer, appropriate, obtain, bump, sequester, take, usurp, annex, accroach
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I felt like going into the Northwest and preempting a homestead.One Way Out
She stepped through her curtain and said gaily: "You're preempting my privilege, Philip."Claire
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He called up both women, alleging a visit to strike headquarters to one, and preempting the other for the afternoon.Mountain