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"pre-empt" in British English

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pre-emptverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌpriːˈempt/
to do or say something before someone so that you make ​their words or ​actionsunnecessary or not ​effective: The ​ministerheld a ​pressconference in ​order to pre-empt ​criticism in the ​newspapers. US to ​replace one ​televisionprogramme with another, usually more ​important one: All the ​networks pre-empted ​theirregularschedules to ​broadcastnews of the ​hijacking.
(Definition of pre-empt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pre-emptverb [T]

(also preempt) uk   us   /ˌpriːˈempt/
to do or say something before someone else does, especially to prevent them doing or saying what they had ​planned or to prevent their ​action being ​effective: The ​groupraised its ​offer in an attempt to pre-empt a possible counterbid from a ​rival.
(Definition of pre-empt from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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