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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The Timbers have historically prioritized MLS play over the U.S. Open Cup, often giving their younger players a chance to compete during U.S. Open Cup games. Jamie Goldberg,, "Portland Timbers prepare for rematch with LAFC in quarterfinals of U.S. Open Cup," 9 July 2019 When an estate is probated, creditors are also prioritized. Holly D. Johnson,, "Here’s what happens to credit card debt after death," 9 July 2019 When heat index values reach at least 105, MedStar prioritizes patients in unprotected or unshaded areas. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Dallas-Fort Worth will flirt with 100 degrees this week, but the worst is probably yet to come," 8 July 2019 Building a bar The owners prioritize local and fun when deciding on entertainment at the establishment. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Pitmakers owners combine BBQ, bar, grill at 1886 Humble Backyard," 8 July 2019 In recent years, Dimon has also expressed concerns about many of the same issues Warren prioritizes, such as income inequality, stagnant wages and soaring healthcare costs., "Elizabeth Warren is winning grudging respect among some on Wall Street," 5 July 2019 The new law prioritizes protecting public health, welfare, safety, the environment and wildlife when considering oil and gas projects. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s writing of new oil, gas rules off to a rocky start," 3 July 2019 The Democratic electorate hasn’t prioritized this issue in the way Republicans have in the past elections. Jazmine Ulloa,, "Castro’s campaign tries to rise with immigration focus," 3 July 2019 Purchases are prioritized with many non-essential items put on the back burner. Washington Post, "A quick how-to guide for businesses preparing for a downturn," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of prioritize

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prioritize was in 1961

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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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