Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To take the place of or take precedence over.
  • intransitive verb To take action to prevent (an event or other action) from happening; forestall.
  • intransitive verb To take action to prevent (another) from acting.
  • intransitive verb To acquire or take for oneself before others; appropriate.
  • intransitive verb 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 verb To make a preemptive bid in bridge.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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