noun \prī-ˈr-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

plural pri·or·i·ties

Full Definition of PRIORITY

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

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.

First Known Use of PRIORITY

14th century

Rhymes with PRIORITY


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