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verb pre·empt \prē-ˈem(p)t\

: to prevent (something) from happening

: to take the place of (something)

: to be shown instead of (another television program)

Full Definition of PREEMPT

transitive verb
:  to acquire (as land) by preemption
:  to seize upon to the exclusion of others :  take for oneself <the movement was then preempted by a lunatic fringe>
:  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>
:  to gain a commanding or preeminent place in
:  to prevent from happening or taking place :  forestall, preclude
intransitive verb
:  to make a preemptive bid in bridge
pre·emp·tor \-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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