(noun, verb)


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

Definition categories: communication, bid, bidding


1. acquire for oneself before others can do so

Definition categories: possession, acquire, get

2. 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

Similar word(s): displace

Definition categories: social, replace, supersede, supplant

3. gain possession of by prior right or opportunity, especially so as to obtain the right to buy (land)

Definition categories: possession, acquire, get

4. make a preemptive bid in the game of bridge

Definition categories: possession, bid, call