Preempt vs Postpone - What's the difference?

preempt | postpone |


As verbs the difference between preempt and postpone

is that preempt is (nonstandard) while postpone is to delay or put off an event, appointment etc.

preempt

English

Alternative forms

* pre-empt *

Verb

(en verb)
  • to appropriate something (before someone else does)
  • to displace something, or take precedence over something
  • (bridge) to make a preemptive bid at bridge
  • Derived terms

    * preemptive * preemptor * preemptory

    postpone

    English

    Verb

    (postpon)
  • To delay or put off an event, appointment etc.
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    Synonyms

    * adjourn, defer, delay, forestay, procrastinate, put off, put on ice, stay, suspend

    Antonyms

    * advance * hasten * prepone (India )