Simple Definition of prioritize
: to organize (things) so that the most important thing is done or dealt with first
: to make (something) the most important thing in a group
Usage Discussion of prioritize
The suffix -ize has been productive in English since the time of Thomas Nashe (1567–1601), who claimed credit for introducing it into English to remedy the surplus of monosyllabic words. Almost any noun or adjective can be made into a verb by adding -ize <hospitalize> <familiarize>; many technical terms are coined this way <oxidize> as well as verbs of ethnic derivation <Americanize> and verbs derived from proper names <bowdlerize> <mesmerize>. Nashe noted in 1591 that his -ize coinages were being criticized, and to this day new words ending in -ize <finalize> <prioritize> are sure to draw critical fire.
Examples of prioritize in a sentence
It's always difficult to prioritize work, school, and family.
If you want to do your job efficiently, you have to learn to prioritize.
The town council hopes to prioritize the bridge construction project at the next meeting.
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