noun pri·or·i·ty \prī-ˈȯr-ə-tē, -ˈär-\
: something that is more important than other things and that needs to be done or dealt with first
priorities : the things that someone cares about and thinks are important
: the condition of being more important than something or someone else and therefore coming or being dealt with first
a (1) : the quality or state of being prior (2) : precedence in date or position of publication —used of taxa
b (1) : superiority in rank, position, or privilege (2) : legal precedence in exercise of rights over the same subject matter
: a preferential rating; especially : one that allocates rights to goods and services usually in limited supply <that project has top priority>
: something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives
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Examples of PRIORITY
- Reorganizing the sales force will be a top priority for the new president.
- Getting the work done on time is a priority for me.
- She decided to go to the party instead of studying? Where are her priorities?
- I know you want to buy a new stereo, but right now, saving for college has to take priority.
First Known Use of PRIORITY
: a condition of being more important than other things
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