verb Etymology: back-formation from preemption Date: 1850 transitive verb 1. to acquire (as land) by preemption 2. to seize upon to the exclusion of others ; take for oneself <
the movement was then preempted by a lunatic fringe
3. to replace with something considered to be of greater value or priority ; take precedence over <
the program did not appear, having been preempted by a baseball game — Robert MacNeil
4. to gain a commanding or preeminent place in 5. to prevent from happening or taking place ; forestall, preclude intransitive verb to make a preemptive bid in bridge • preemptor noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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