preempt

preempt
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. commandeer, usurp, occupy, arrogate. See earliness.
II
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. acquire, seize, appropriate; see obtain 1 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v.
[pree EMPT]
to take the place of another beforehand by rights.
The World Series will preempt normal TV programming.
SYN.: appropriate, take away, usurp, claim, bump, assume, seize, commandeer.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) (or pre-empt) verb 1. To lay claim to for oneself or as one's right: appropriate, arrogate, assume, commandeer, seize, take, usurp. See GIVE. 2. To cause to be busy or in use: engage, monopolize, occupy, tie up. See ACTION, USED.

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