give priority


: to deal with or do (something) first
These problems are important and should be given priority (over others).
often + to
Give priority to the people who have been waiting the longest.

Examples of give priority in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In preparation for the upcoming eclipse primarily concentrated in North America, the organization has updated its list to give priority to North American manufacturers. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024 During the 2021-22 legislative session, former Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Wayland, sponsored a bill to give priority to Michigan residents for reserving campgrounds at state parks. Arpan Lobo, Detroit Free Press, 22 Mar. 2024 It can be used, for example, to give priority to traffic from streaming services over static web pages or downloads, so that users don’t see glitches in their streams. Peter Guest, WIRED, 28 Feb. 2024 Therefore, some schools give priority to students who committed and paid a deposit versus students who committed later in the cycle. Kristen Moon, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The cuts were turbocharged in 2020 and 2021, when product shortages and a surge in consumer spending led companies to give priority to the most in-demand items. Paul Berger, WSJ, 1 Jan. 2024 Now, the region is in an uproar over a proposal that the authority sees as a way out of its groundwater crisis, one that critics say would give priority to urban consumers in the city of Ridgecrest and the adjacent Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake over farmers and mining operations. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023 Both parties give priority to safeguarding political security to ensure the lasting dominance of the socialist regime. Jianli Yang, National Review, 23 Dec. 2023 The United States should give priority to negotiating agreements to position more U.S. forces and war stocks along the first island chain, while allies and partners along the chain enhance their defenses. Andrew F. Krepinevich, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023

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“Give priority.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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