to stop something happening or stop someone doing something by taking action quickly before anyone else can
ExampleThey staged a management buyout to pre-empt a takeover bid.

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It was time to try to preempt,which meant that we had to stop the guy before he did something bad.

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When my company was worried we would have our contract cancelled, we hired lawyers to go to court to preempt that from happening.

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The people of the town wanted to preempt the flood water so they sand bagged their homes and roads wroth the hopes of stopping it.

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