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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.


Synonymsdisplace


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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