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

Other Words from prioritize

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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First Known Use of prioritize

1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Prioritize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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