empt 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
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