- take action in order to prevent (an anticipated event) from happening; forestall；act in advance of (someone) in order to prevent them from doing something
- a preemptive bid.
verb: pre-empt, 3rd person present: pre-empts, gerund or present participle: pre-empting, past tense: pre-empted, past participle: pre-empted
- 1. take action in order to prevent (an anticipated event) from happening; forestall the government preempted a coup attempt 同義詞
- ▪ act in advance of (someone) in order to prevent them from doing something it looked as if she'd ask him more, but Parr preempted her
- ▪ North American (of a broadcast) interrupt or replace (a scheduled program) the violence preempted regular programming
- 2. acquire or appropriate (something) in advance many tables were already preempted by family parties 同義詞
- ▪ North American take (something, especially public land) for oneself so as to have the right of preemption.
- 3. make a preemptive bid.
- 1. a preemptive bid.