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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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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New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf, a Democrat, told the Albuquerque Journal in June that legislators will prioritize repealing the law during their next session. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Blue States’ Regressive Abortion Laws," 11 July 2018 Drug donations, a common practice, benefit both parties. Donated drugs help ensure that leading academic specialists will prioritize a company's product in major studies that also enhance the researcher's professional standing and influence. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 The House on Friday passed the most ambitious congressional push yet to address the growing opioid epidemic, with provisions directing federal agencies to prioritize training, support recovery centers and expand research on several fronts. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "We the seagulls," 22 June 2018 In Charlotte, boutique fitness studios and retailers have been popping up more often in recent years, as people prioritize fitness and spend more on their well-being. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Another upscale fitness brand is coming to Charlotte," 20 June 2018 So outreach teams prioritize helping clients obtain copies. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here’s What’s Being Done to End L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis," 14 June 2018 With bilateral tensions thawing in recent weeks, China has been expressing support for Mr. Kim’s calls to prioritize economic development and stepping up official exchanges on industrial cooperation. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Investing in North Korea? For Kim Jong Un, Economic Opening Is a Double-Edged Sword," 11 June 2018 Recency just means Instagram prioritizes newer posts, and your relationship to the poster is of course also considered. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "This is how Instagram’s algorithm populates your feed," 1 June 2018 The problem is that manufacturers often prioritize the number of tools included over usability, making most multitools fairly useless for anything except a last resort. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "5 Do-It-All Multitools for Cheap," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of prioritize

1961, in the meaning defined above

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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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