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      vb   tr  
Dialect   to empty  
     (from Old English æmtian to be without duties; compare empty)  

1    tr   to acquire in advance of or to the exclusion of others; appropriate  
2    tr     (Chiefly U.S.)   to occupy (public land) in order to acquire a prior right to purchase  
3    intr     (Bridge)   to make a high opening bid, often on a weak hand, to shut out opposition bidding  
  pre-emptor      n  
  pre-emptory      adj  
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empty, emptier, emptily, empathy

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