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noun pri·or·i·ty \prī-ˈȯr-ə-tē, -ˈär-\

Simple Definition of priority

  • : 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

Full Definition of priority

plural pri·or·i·ties

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  a preferential rating; especially :  one that allocates rights to goods and services usually in limited supply <that project has top priority>

  3. 3 :  something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives

Examples of priority

  1. Reorganizing the sales force will be a top priority for the new president.

  2. Getting the work done on time is a priority for me.

  3. She decided to go to the party instead of studying? Where are her priorities?

  4. I know you want to buy a new stereo, but right now, saving for college has to take priority.



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First Known Use of priority

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