pre-emptor

preempt

[pree-empt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to occupy (land) in order to establish a prior right to buy.
2.
to acquire or appropriate before someone else; take for oneself; arrogate: a political issue preempted by the opposition party.
3.
to take the place of because of priorities, reconsideration, rescheduling, etc.; supplant: The special newscast preempted the usual television program.
verb (used without object)
4.
Bridge. to make a preemptive bid.
5.
to forestall or prevent (something anticipated) by acting first; preclude; head off: an effort to preempt inflation.
noun
6.
Bridge. a preemptive bid.
Also, pre-empt.


Origin:
1840–50, Americanism; back formation from preemption

preemptible, adjective
preemptor [pree-emp-tawr, -ter] , noun
preemptory [pree-emp-tuh-ree] , adjective
unpreempted, adjective


1. claim, appropriate, usurp.
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pre-empt (prɪˈɛmpt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to acquire in advance of or to the exclusion of others; appropriate
2.  chiefly (US) (tr) to occupy (public land) in order to acquire a prior right to purchase
3.  (intr) bridge to make a high opening bid, often on a weak hand, to shut out opposition bidding
 
pre-'emptor
 
n
 
pre-'emptory
 
adj

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