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“pre-empt” in English

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(Definition of “pre-empt” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“pre-empt” in Business English

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pre-emptverb [ T ]

also preempt uk /ˌpriːˈempt/ us

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 group raised 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)