Definition of Preempt

1. Noun. A high bid that is intended to prevent the opposing players from bidding.

Exact synonyms: Pre-empt, Preemptive Bid
Generic synonyms: Bid, Bidding

2. Verb. Acquire for oneself before others can do so.
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get
Derivative terms: Pre-emptive, Preemption, Preemption, Preemptive, Preemptor

3. Verb. Take the place of or have precedence over. "Discussion of the emergency situation will preempt the lecture by the professor"
Exact synonyms: Displace
Generic synonyms: Replace, Supercede, Supersede, Supervene Upon, Supplant

4. Verb. Gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land).
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get

5. Verb. Make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge.
Category relationships: Bridge
Generic synonyms: Bid, Call
Derivative terms: Pre-emptive, Preemptive, Preemptor

Definition of Preempt

1. Verb. (transitive) to appropriate something (before someone else does) ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to displace something, or take precedence over something ¹

3. Verb. (bridge intransitive) to make a preemptive bid at bridge ¹

4. Verb. (nonstandard) (alternative spelling of preempt) ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Preempt

1. to acquire by prior right [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Preempt

preemployment training program
preempt (current term)
preemptive bid
preemptive right
preemptive self-defence
preemptive strike
preemptive strikes

Literary usage of Preempt

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Beating International Terrorism: An Action Strategy for Preemption and by Stephen Sloan (1992)
"The Need to Apply Terrorist Organizational Doctrine to Counter and preempt Terrorism As one moves beyond the threat posed by terrorist states and ..."

2. A Concise Manual of Style by Hiram Allan Reed, American Baptist Publication Society (1920)
"Omit hyphen in such words as cooperation, coordination, preeminence, preempt, reelect, etc., also in such names as Fairfax ..."

3. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Food and Drugs, Pt. 800-1299, Revised by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Staff (2005)
"The following are examples of State on local requirements that are not regarded as preempted by section 521 of the act: (1) Section 521(a) does not preempt ..."

4. Pesticides in the Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments: Second National edited by Diana L. Weigmann (1994)
"By 1998, a total of 30 states had some form of preemption in tobacco control—14 preempt some or all clean indoor air ordinances, 22 preempt some or all ..."

5. Reports of Cases Determined in the Supreme Court of the State of California by California Supreme Court, Bancroft-Whitney Company, California, Supreme Court (1886)
"Inhabitancy, a lona residence upon the land, is one of the indispensable conditions to be complied with by a party seeking to preempt. ..."

6. Reports of Decisions of the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada by Nevada Supreme Court (1868)
"There is a law of the United States allowing occupants who possess certain qualifications, and who have made a certain character of improvements, to preempt ..."

7. Medical Records Confidentiality in a Changing Health Care Environment edited by James M. Jeffords (1999)
"Again, the federal law could preempt this state statute because there is no exception in the federal bills for regulated drugs. In addition, the pharmacist ..."

Other Resources:

Search for Preempt on!Search for Preempt on!Search for Preempt on Google!Search for Preempt on Wikipedia!