pri·​or·​i·​tize prī-ˈȯr-ə-ˌtīz How to pronounce prioritize (audio)
prioritized; prioritizing

transitive verb

: to list or rate (projects, goals, etc.) in order of priority
prī-ˌȯr-ə-tə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce prioritize (audio)

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Whether in our personal relationships or professional endeavors, Angelou’s words serve as a poignant reminder to prioritize empathy and understanding in all our interactions. Shelby Stewart, Essence, 4 Apr. 2024 The organization will offer 162 beds to anyone in San Diego County but prioritize an unspecified number of beds for National City homeless people, said Paul Armstrong, vice president of programs with the Rescue Mission. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024 Even in earlier, more aggressive years, US Cyber Command has tended to turn up the dial for control, Healey says, prioritizing it over those other variables. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 4 Apr. 2024 When alerted, users can choose whether to enable Rest Mode or lower their daily activity goal to prioritize rest. Victoria Song, The Verge, 3 Apr. 2024 The setting itself was a reminder of what a design house can do when circularity and sustainability are prioritized along the way. Megan O'Sullivan, Vogue, 3 Apr. 2024 The rule bans internet service providers from prioritizing the traffic of certain online service providers over that of others. David Meyer, Fortune, 3 Apr. 2024 Cities that do not prioritize residents' access to these resources showed lower health rates, according to WalletHub. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2024 And many Israelis have demanded that Mr. Netanyahu prioritize the release of the hostages, taken by Hamas on Oct. 7 and still held in Gaza, as part of a cease-fire deal. Javier C. Hernández, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prioritize was in 1961

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“Prioritize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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