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 prioritization (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 First, public health agencies in Senegal might be able to prioritize their drug distribution strategy with the help of drone imagery. Chelsea L. Wood, The Conversation, "Identifying aquatic plants with drones could be the key to reducing a parasitic infection in people," 17 Jan. 2020 Yet, across its 10 episodes, the series is confused about which story to prioritize, and in the season finale, none of them takes center stage. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Female Athletes Get New Representation on TV," 14 Jan. 2020 The salary improvements highlight Engelbert's goal for WNBA players to prioritize the W and help players avoid having to play overseas during the offseason to generate more livable wages. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "WNBA deal with players: increased cash compensation may mean they don't have to play abroad," 14 Jan. 2020 Take this time to prioritize your money this month as a form of self-care. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Prioritize Your Self-Care In 2020 With This Wellness Checklist," 9 Jan. 2020 Outdoor living is prioritized through a layout which features not one but three porches across both levels of the home, including the classic first-floor master bedroom. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "HGTV's 2020 Dream Home Is a Charming Coastal Island Escape," 31 Dec. 2019 The truck, known as the Infantry Squad Vehicle, will prioritize speed over armored protection. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Army's New Airborne Trucks," 13 Oct. 2019 Still, Allen, Sunderland, and DeWitt all expressed a lack of confidence in the current presidential administration to prioritize PFAS regulation. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "WTF Are Forever Chemicals?," 27 Sep. 2019 The city agreed to replace thousands of lead pipes, provide all low-income residents with free water filters, and to prioritize action for homes where children live. Molly Enking, WIRED, "Flint, Newark, and the Persistent Crisis of Lead in Water," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of prioritize

1961, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jan 2020

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“Prioritize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce prioritize (audio)

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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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