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Definition 1: a high bid that is intended to prevent the opposing players from bidding - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for preempt in the sense of this definition

(preempt is a kind of ...) (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make

Definition 2: acquire for oneself before others can do so - [verb of possession]

(preempt is a kind of ...) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle" "They acquired a new pet" "Get your results the next day" "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

Definition 3: make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge - [verb of possession]

(preempt is a kind of ...) make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands

"He called his trump"

(preempt belongs to category ...) any of various card games based on whist for four players

Definition 4: gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land) - [verb of possession]

(preempt is a kind of ...) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle" "They acquired a new pet" "Get your results the next day" "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

Samples where preempt or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • live broadcast of the presidential debate preempts the regular news hour
  • discussion of the emergency situation will preempt the lecture by the professor

Synonyms for preempt in the sense of this definition

(preempt is a kind of ...) take the place or move into the position of

"Smith replaced Miller as CEO after Miller left" "the computer has supplanted the slide rule" "Mary replaced Susan as the team's captain and the highest-ranked player in the school"

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