• WordNet 3.6
    • v preempt make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge
    • v preempt acquire for oneself before others can do so
    • v preempt gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land)
    • v preempt take the place of or have precedence over "live broadcast of the presidential debate preempts the regular news hour","discussion of the emergency situation will preempt the lecture by the professor"
    • n preempt a high bid that is intended to prevent the opposing players from bidding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t. & i Preëmpt To settle upon (public land) with a right of preemption, as under the laws of the United States; to take by preëmption.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • preempt To secure, as land, by preemption; establish a claim to; appropriate.
    • preempt To take up land by preëmption.
    • n preempt A right to preëmpt; a preëmptive right.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Preëmption


In literature:

Thus, all unread in philosophy, Daylight preempted for himself the position and vocation of a twentieth-century superman.
"Burning Daylight" by Jack London
The best routes were already preempted.
"The Financier" by Theodore Dreiser
Wherever you go in the wilderness you find Meeko ahead of you, and all the best camping grounds preempted by him.
"Secret of the Woods" by William J. Long
I want to see what kind of a claim Carey has preempted.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
I felt like going into the Northwest and preempting a homestead.
"One Way Out" by William Carleton
Was it some impudent tramp who had preempted this lonely house for a night's lodging?
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
These claims are preempted.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
A bunch of tenderfeet came in here, years ago, and preempted all the quarter-sections with water on them.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
Among the wild kindreds, even as among men, most things worth having are preempted.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
This vantage ground had been preempted mainly by the old men whose hearing was growing dim.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden

In news:

(Airs 1-2pm and preempts The World.
Rachael Ray, The View preempted today by Bill Friday memorial.
Afghanistan seeks to preempt unrest in wake of deadly attack on US consulate in Libya.
ICBA Testifies before FDIC on Rulemaking Petition to Preempt State Laws Questions Whether Regulation is the Answer.
It has only been in the past decade that some federal banking agencies have sought to preempt state consumer protection laws by regulatory fiat.
To this end, ERISA includes expansive preemption provisions which preempt state law causes of action, making employee benefit plan regulation "exclusively a federal concern".
US Files Suit Against Arizona Over Immigration Law III OTCs Push to Preempt Local Authority Over Hotel Taxes IV.
American Indian Airwaves is preempted today due to special KPFK programming covering the Democrats National Convention.
Here's the statement that ABC News sent around to preempt the Daily Caller story.
KKFI will preempt Tell Somebody, Taste of Tejano, & Breaking Through the Darkness to bring you six hours of election night coverage from Democracy Now starting at 6pm.
Arizona's medical marijuana program not preempted by federal law , judge rules.
The season premiere of Dr Oz is being preempted by US Open Tennis.
This week's Reel 13 Shorts have been preempted for THIRTEEN Pledge Programming.
This week's Reel 13 Shorts have been preempted for THIRTEEN Pledge Programming .
If T&D World editors deem any comment inappropriate, we will preempt or remove the posting.

In science:

In the region ¯x & 0, CIL transitions are rapidly preempted by a demixing instability.
Phase transitions in nanoconfined binary mixtures of highly oriented colloidal rods
If d(I ) ≥ ei and w(I ) > w(IM ), then I preempts IM , and this I becomes the new IM .
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs
This I ′ may still be preempted by intervals of even larger weight and earlier deadline.
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs
If the cluster Weiss field M is added to the list of variational parameters, the CDIA predicts an antiferromagnetic transition at UN = 4.0, which again means that the Mott transition is preempted.
Absence of spin liquid in non-frustrated correlated systems
Fig. 1(b)], which preempts the reentrance transition at T− (σ) < T∗ (σ) found previously.
Vortex statistics in a disordered two-dimensional XY model