VCR Lesson 8: Presentation

Kyle Overton

It is sometimes necessary for emergency vehicles such as ambulances to _______ the road customs established by traditional driving laws.

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Definition

Preempt

tr. v. To take precedence over someone or something already arranged or in place; to sieze priority.

VCR Example: "During the 1870s and 1880s, as two railroad barons vied to preempt northwestern routes, Henry Villard first appeared the winner until James Hill's greater financial acumen and stability prevailed.

PRONUNCIATION

(prē ĕmpt')

Origin

Pre (Latin): "Before"

Emo, Emere, Emi, Emptum (Latin) "Through"

Synonyms

Commandeer

Seize

Expropriate

Antonyms

Forfeit

Relinquish

Surrender

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"In some workplaces, long-time employees receive 'seniority' benefits, where they preempt other employees in some privileges."

In which of the following sentences is the word "preempt" used incorrectly?

  • A: He was so egotistical, that he believed he preempted the rest of the group for receiving his share for no reason whatsoever.
  • B: Preemptory actions may be necessary in order to gain promotions at your company.
  • C: The newly created project was so imperative that it preempted all other projects we had worked on at the time.
  • D: We were happy to let John preempt us for trying the birthday cake, as it was his birthday we were celebrating.









Answer choice "b" is used in incorrectly, as although "preemptory" bears similarities to the vocab word "peremptory", it is not an acceptable form of the word "preempt".