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Preempt   Listen
verb
Preempt  v. t. & v. i.  (past & past part. preempted; pres. part. preempting)  
1.
To settle upon (public land) with a right of preemption, as under the laws of the United States; to take by preemption. (Also spelled pre-empt)
2.
To acquire or take for oneself first (an object or right), thereby preventing others from acquiring; to appropriate; to arrogate.
3.
To supplant or take the place of (an action), due to changes in circumstances or priorities; as, the regular meeting was preempted by an emergency conference.
4.
To prevent or delay (an event) by acting beforehand; to head off; to preclude.






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Preempt" Quotes from Famous Books



... the "PREEMPTION" plan, by which actual settlers could "preempt" land (get the first right to it) by merely taking possession and paying a cash price of $1.25 ...
— Community Civics and Rural Life • Arthur W. Dunn



Words linked to "Preempt" :   preemptive bid, preemptive, preemption, bridge, supercede, get, preemptor, bidding, call, acquire, displace, supervene upon, pre-empt, pre-emptive, bid



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