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preempt

verb acquire beforehand, annex, appropriate for use, arrogate to oneself, assume, catch, exclude, force from, gain possession, invade, obtain, occupy, preclude, preoccupy, seize, take, take over, take possession of, usurp
Associated concepts: doctrine of federal preemption, preemption in filing, preemptive right, preemptive right of shareholders, right of preemption
See also: attach, distrain, preclude, seize, sequester
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Returning to another issue mentioned previously, corporate auctions are sometimes short-circuited by one bidder offering a preemptive bid.
Having only one bidder may well be optimal, [24] and it could be that it is one of the bidders, through a preemptive bid, who forces the seller to consider the trade-off.
Stylized Fact #4: Bidders sometimes offer preemptive bids that sellers sometimes accept.
Several outstanding questions concerning preemptive bids remain, however.
With a winning $175 mil lion offer and a bold plan to convert the 15-story building, which has been the Times' home since 1913, into office and ground floor retail space, Tishman Speyer swept the deal off the table in a preemptive bid at the start of the auction's second stage.