prioritize

verb
pri·​or·​i·​tize | \ prī-ˈȯr-ə-ˌtīz, -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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Other Words from prioritize

prioritization \ prī-​ˌȯr-​ə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən , -​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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Public-health obesity policies should prioritize fighting the over-consumption of low-quality food and improving the food environment. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The science is in: exercise won’t help you lose much weight," 2 Jan. 2019 Index investors instead prioritize a handful of issues and adhere to codes on how to effect change over the long haul. Justin Baer And Dawn Lim, WSJ, "Mutual Fund Managers Try a New Role: Activist Investor," 30 Dec. 2018 On Ozark, Laura Linney’s Wendy Byrde is an island who interacts with the women around her but prioritizes her relationship with her family (and their survival) above all other things. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Why Don't Women on Drama Shows Have Any Friends?," 27 Dec. 2018 Sinema, by contrast, is pro-choice, prioritizes women’s rights, and advocates for LGBTQ equality. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Current expectation is that the shortage will continue into 2019, but Intel will prioritize the high-end CPU as well as the CPUs for business PCs. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft cracks the top 5 U.S. PC vendors, but Intel CPU shortages could bring more change," 11 Oct. 2018 Infrastructural investments could prioritize dedicated bus lanes and install shelters at every bus stop so those who needed to travel further distances could get to school comfortably and fast. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Safe streets are the best tool we have to combat climate change," 10 Oct. 2018 As a result, the investigation is being prioritized. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EU investigating German automakers, alleging collusion on emissions tech," 19 Sep. 2018 According to Cosmopolitan, Wet Seal prioritized bringing back this collection after fans requested and helped crowdsource new designs online. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Wet Seal Is Relaunching Its Plus-Size and Curve Collections," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of prioritize

1961, in the meaning defined above

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prioritize

verb

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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