preempt


preempt

Noun

  • a high bid that is intended to prevent the opposing players from bidding

Verb

  • make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge
  • gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land)
  • 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
  • acquire for oneself before others can do so

Synonyms: preemptive bid pre-empt displace
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