To lay claim to for oneself or as one's right
To cause to be busy or in use
Are you taking any initiative to preempt being in a scary situation like that again?
I plan on going early so I can preempt a good section of seats for us before the others get there.
Talking about how to deal with the rowdy members of out club will preempt today's other topics.
The people of the community gathered at the historic building to preempt its demolotion.
Talking about how to deal with the rowdy members of our club will preempt today's other topics.