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Past tense for to acquire or appropriate (something)
“Wouldn't that give the settler the opportunity and the right to preempt the land after the five years had expired?”
Past tense for to prevent something from happening or taking place
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“As though to preempt any possibility of the quality of his mayoralty being viewed as the result of any consciously willed action or deed on his part, Montaigne goes out of his way to describe his approach to his task as one of passive ineptitude.”
Past tense for get a head start
Past tense for inhibit
Kept specially for a particular person
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