v. appropriate, seize, or take for oneself before others; gain possession of by prior right or opportunity
Hoping to preempt any attempts by the opposition to make educational reform a hot political issue, the candidate set out her own plan to revitalize the public schools.
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Or preempted a seat by her at a musicale or claimed her at a dance, and she was usually so amused by his bland impudence that she laughed and overlooked his past misdeeds until the next occurred.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context