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preempt

pre·empt (pre-empt)

preempt (pre-empt)

 
 
pronunciation:
pri empt
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pre-empted, pre-empting, pre-empts, preempted, preempting, preempts
definition 1: to occupy a place or take up a position in order to acquire a right to it.
definition 2: to seize or appropriate ahead of others.
The seniors hurried in and preempted the seats in the front rows.
definition 3: to gain precedence or preeminence over.
definition 4: to substitute for, as one television program for another.
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derivation: preemptor (pre-emptor) (n.)