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English noun: preempt

1. preempt (communication) a high bid that is intended to prevent the opposing players from bidding

Synonymspre-empt, preemptive bid

Broader (hypernym)bid, bidding

English verb: preempt

1. preempt (possession) acquire for oneself before others can do so

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

2. preempt (social) take the place of or have precedence over

SamplesLive broadcast of the presidential debate preempts the regular news hour.
Discussion of the emergency situation will preempt the lecture by the professor.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)replace, supercede, supersede, supervene upon, supplant

3. preempt (possession) gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

4. preempt (possession) make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bid, call

Domain categorybridge

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