have/take precedence over

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of have/take precedence over

somewhat formal
: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

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

  2. : to seize or capture physically

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

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

precedence play
  1. : antecedent

  2. : the fact of coming or occurring earlier in time

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

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

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

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

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

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

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree


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