Preempt meaning

prē-ĕmpt
To seize before anyone else can, excluding others; appropriate beforehand.
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To prevent from happening by acting ahead of time; forestall.
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To displace something, or take precedence over something.
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To preempt is defined as to seize, take priority over or take the place of.

An example of to preempt is for a local government to take over a piece of land in order to widen a public road.

An example of to preempt is news coverage of a world catastrophe being shown instead of your favorite tv show.

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To take the place of or take precedence over.

Discussion of the water shortage will preempt the other topics on this week's agenda.

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To make a preemptive bid in bridge.
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To acquire (public land) by preemption.
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To replace (a regularly scheduled program)
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To make a preemptive bid.
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A preemptive bid.
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To appropriate something (before someone else does)
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(bridge, intransitive) To make a preemptive bid at bridge.
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Origin of preempt

  • Back-formation from preemption

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from preemption.

    From Wiktionary