Definition of 'pre-empt'
Translations for 'pre-empt'
British English: pre-empt VERB
If you pre-empt an action, you prevent it from happening by doing something which makes it unnecessary or impossible.
You can pre-empt pain by taking a painkiller at the first warning sign.
Definition of pre-empt from the Collins English Dictionary
5 unusual words & phrases to upgrade your World Cup 2018 banter
Impress your friends, family and colleagues with this unusual collection of football lingo.
VAR, planebae & a peng sort: July’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this July with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.