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preempt

verb

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to take or make use of under a guise of authority but without actual right
  • the thoughtless teenagers had preempted front-row seats that were reserved for the guests of honor

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The first known use of preempt was in 1850

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“Preempt.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/preempt. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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