pri·​or·​i·​tize | \ prī-ˈȯr-ə-ˌtīz How to pronounce prioritize (audio) , -ˈär-; ˈprī-ə-rə- \
prioritized; prioritizing

Definition of prioritize

transitive verb

: to list or rate (projects, goals, etc.) in order of priority

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prioritization \ prī-​ˌȯr-​ə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce prioritize (audio) , -​är-​ ; ˌprī-​ə-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of prioritize in a Sentence

It's always difficult to prioritize work, school, and family. If you want to do your job efficiently, you have to learn to prioritize. The town council hopes to prioritize the bridge construction project at the next meeting.
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Recent Examples on the Web Some, including several council members, have even called for its abolishment, in favor of a new system of public safety that will prioritize the safety of all residents. Libor Jany, Star Tribune, "New Minneapolis Fourth Precinct inspector's story is one of the North Side," 28 Jan. 2021 To be eligible, concessions vendors must meet payroll and rehiring requirements that prioritize bringing back workers who were laid off or furloughed. Roland Li,, "SFO gives $21.3 million for airport businesses hurt by coronavirus," 22 Jan. 2021 The hospital is cooperating at Escott’s request, an Ascension Seton spokesman said, adding most of those vaccinated were eligible under state guidelines that prioritize healthcare workers, the elderly and those with certain medical vulnerabilities. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "Vaccine fast-track: Texas lawmakers get offer to skip the line for COVID-19 inoculation," 15 Jan. 2021 Luckily, there are plenty of brands on the market that prioritize warmth. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "Stay Toasty in the Warmest Winter Coats of the Season," 23 Dec. 2020 Guidelines that prioritize people who work in essential industries, have underlying health conditions, or are older than 65 are massive gray areas. Laura J. Nelson, oregonlive, "Wealthy patients scramble for COVID-19 vaccine: ‘If I donate $25,000 ... would that help me?’," 18 Dec. 2020 The service is primarily geared toward Gen Z and younger millennials who prioritize sensory experiences, White said. Washington Post, "The new normal for concerts could involve mixed reality holograms," 16 Dec. 2020 This is in part because of years of lobbying by community leaders and city policies that prioritize urban farming equity. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Urban farming takes off in Seattle, and more," 14 Dec. 2020 It’s not easy to find a device that does many things, much less many things well, but those that do typically prioritize user-friendliness, and convenient cleanup. Eric Alt, Popular Science, "Best food processor: Chop your way to easy meal prep," 13 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of prioritize

1961, in the meaning defined above

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18 Feb 2021

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“Prioritize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prioritize

: to organize (things) so that the most important thing is done or dealt with first
: to make (something) the most important thing in a group

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