Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To appropriate, seize, or take for oneself before others. See Synonyms at appropriate.
  • transitive v. To take the place of; displace: A special news program preempted the scheduled shows.
  • transitive v. To have precedence or predominance over: Discussion of the water shortage will preempt the other topics on this week's agenda.
  • transitive v. To gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially to settle on (public land) so as to obtain the right to buy before others.
  • intransitive v. Games To make a preemptive bid in bridge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to appropriate something (before someone else does)
  • v. to displace something, or take precedence over something
  • v. to make a preemptive bid at bridge

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To settle upon (public land) with a right of preemption, as under the laws of the United States; to take by preëmption.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To secure, as land, by preemption; establish a claim to; appropriate.
  • To take up land by preëmption.
  • n. A right to preëmpt; a preëmptive right.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a high bid that is intended to prevent the opposing players from bidding
  • v. make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge
  • v. acquire for oneself before others can do so
  • v. take the place of or have precedence over
  • v. gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land)
  • n. a high bid that is intended to prevent the opposing players from bidding

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Back-formation from preemption.

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Back-formation from preemption.

Examples

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  • To compete on wide-bandwidth infrastructure, as Jawwal (Paltel’s mobile division) has tried to do, it must not be preempted by rival Israeli telecom operators using settlements as placement for transmission towers to which Jawwal has no access. With peace, Paltel and Israeli telecommunications companies could partner in the Gulf.

    February 9, 2018