- take action in order to prevent (an anticipated event) happening; forestall；act in advance of (someone) in order to prevent them doing something
- a pre-emptive 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) happening; forestall the second session will focus on policies to pre-empt problems 同義詞 forestall, prevent, steal a march on, anticipate, get in before, ... 更多
- ▪ act in advance of (someone) in order to prevent them doing something it looked as if she'd ask him more, but Parr pre-empted her
- ▪ North American (of a broadcast) interrupt or replace (a scheduled programme) the violence pre-empted regular programming
- 2. acquire or appropriate (something) in advance many tables were already pre-empted by family parties 同義詞 commandeer, take possession of, occupy, seize, arrogate, ... 更多
- ▪ North American occupy (public land) so as to have a pre-emptive right to buy it before others.
- 3. make a pre-emptive bid.
- 1. a pre-emptive bid.