give precedence to

Definition of give precedence to

somewhat formal

  1. :  to treat (someone or something) as more important Many small businesses complain that the government's policies give precedence to large corporations.

Word by Word Definitions

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

precedenceplay
  1. :  antecedent

    :  the fact of coming or occurring earlier in time

    :  the right to superior honor on a ceremonial or formal occasion


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