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preempt

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verb pre·empt \prē-ˈem(p)t\

Simple Definition of preempt

  • : to prevent (something) from happening

  • : to take the place of (something)

  • : to be shown instead of (another television program)

Full Definition of preempt

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to acquire (as land) by preemption

  3. 2 :  to seize upon to the exclusion of others :  take for oneself <the movement was then preempted by a lunatic fringe>

  4. 3 :  to replace with something considered to be of greater value or priority :  take precedence over <the program did not appear, having been preempted by a baseball game — Robert MacNeil>

  5. 4 :  to gain a commanding or preeminent place in

  6. 5 :  to prevent from happening or taking place :  forestall, preclude

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to make a preemptive bid in bridge

pre·emp·tor play \-ˈem(p)-tər\ noun

Examples of preempt

  1. The contract preempts lawsuits by the company's clients.

  2. The state law was preempted by a federal law.

  3. The President's speech preempted regular programming.



Origin of preempt

back-formation from preemption


First Known Use: 1850

Rhymes with preempt



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