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Preempt   Listen
Preempt  v. t. & v. i.  (past & past part. preempted; pres. part. preempting)  
To settle upon (public land) with a right of preemption, as under the laws of the United States; to take by preemption. (Also spelled pre-empt)
To acquire or take for oneself first (an object or right), thereby preventing others from acquiring; to appropriate; to arrogate.
To supplant or take the place of (an action), due to changes in circumstances or priorities; as, the regular meeting was preempted by an emergency conference.
To prevent or delay (an event) by acting beforehand; to head off; to preclude.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Preempt" Quotes from Famous Books

... exceptional opportunities early lost true sensitiveness, and, both as guest and hostess, ignored the offense of inconsiderate and self- seeking interruptions. She broke into the speech of others with crude abandon. The itch to lead and preempt the conversation became uncontrollable. Finer natures thrown with her could but tolerate her "naive" discourtesy, while dependents had to dumbly endure. Mrs. Orr but stands as a type illustrating far too many mortally wearisome, social pretenders, prominent only through the tireless ...
— Our Nervous Friends - Illustrating the Mastery of Nervousness • Robert S. Carroll

... plan, by which actual settlers could "preempt" land (get the first right to it) by merely taking possession and paying a cash price of $1.25 ...
— Community Civics and Rural Life • Arthur W. Dunn

... upon lovers for retirement. But nowadays their role seems to be a bold ostentation of their condition. They rely upon other people to do the timid, shrinking part. Society, in America, is arranged principally for their convenience; and whatever portion of the landscape strikes their fancy, they preempt and occupy. All this goes upon the presumption that romantic love is really the only important ...
— Fisherman's Luck • Henry van Dyke

Words linked to "Preempt" :   pre-empt, bridge, supercede, replace, supersede, preemptive bid, preemptive, bid, get

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