have/take precedence over

Definition of have/take precedence over

somewhat formal

  1. :  to be more important (than something else) When it comes to making health care decisions, the patient's preference should take precedence. —often + over The safety of the children has/takes precedence over everything else.

Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

precedenceplay
  1. :  antecedent

    :  the fact of coming or occurring earlier in time

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

overplay
  1. :  across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

    :  across the goal line in football

    :  forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

    : used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

    : used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. :  upper, higher

    :  outer, covering

    :  excessive

  1. :  to leap over


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