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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Known for producing artists ranging from Billie Eilish to Lil Nas X, this individualistic group of young people have a reputation for wearing highlighter neon, eschewing Facebook, and prioritizing authenticity over everything. Vogue, "Highlighter Neon, Wireless Headphones, and the Perfect Commuter Bag: The Ultimate Gen Z Grad Gift Guide Is Here," 28 Apr. 2019 Muslimah Moms First is an eight-week program designed to help mothers achieve their nutrition goals and prioritize their health while also making healthy meals for their families. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "3 Ways I Make Nutrition Advice More Culturally Relevant to Muslim Women Like Myself," 3 Apr. 2019 Beauty Awards 2019 23 Slides In recent years, there’s been a seismic shift in our collective beauty consciousness—we’re scanning ingredient lists, hunting for organic alternatives, and prioritizing sustainable packaging more than ever before. Glamour, "Beauty Awards: The 23 Best Natural Beauty Products of 2018," 25 Mar. 2019 Since early last year, Instagram has been prioritizing shopping for users who want to use the platform for more than just looking at their friend's photos. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Launches In-App Purchasing," 19 Mar. 2019 The hundreds of schools that use early decision say the system prioritizes the students who are most interested in their schools. James Wellemeyer, Teen Vogue, "Applying to College Early Is a Privilege Not Every Student Can Afford," 20 Mar. 2019 Swedish brand Lazoschmidl has pushed its Friday evening presentation back a half hour, for example, aware that people will prioritize Dior. Amy Verner, Vogue, "First Dior Men, Now Thom Browne—The Gilets Jaunes Are Impacting the Fall ’19 Paris Men’s Shows," 9 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, now that Facebook and other platforms are prioritizing the removal of millions of fake accounts, bad actors are looking to hijack real accounts to avoid detection. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Trump’s personal lawyer pleaded guilty and his campaign chief was convicted," 22 Aug. 2018 Going forward, prioritizing those goals will be important. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Karen Spiegelberg wins Oconomowoc special election, becomes first alderwoman since 2013," 10 July 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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