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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Olson, whose district includes the North Slope, said on Thursday that Utqiagvik residents have complained that some lower-level cases aren’t being prosecuted because the Fairbanks attorneys have to prioritize their time. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Legislature provides money to reopen DA’s office in Utqiagvik; governor will weigh the request when he gets a budget," 10 June 2019 While the sizes of the shinise firms vary, many of them prioritize sticking to their existing commitments over seeking short-term profit or rapid growth. Innan Sasaki, Quartz at Work, "How to build a business that will last centuries," 10 June 2019 This approach also shows its commitment to prioritizing engagement over confrontation. Adem K Abebe, Quartz Africa, "In Sudan, the African Union reminds us it still has a key role in tackling the continent’s crises," 7 June 2019 The study recommended that future renovations involve staff in planning, prioritize longevity and low maintenance when selecting interior finishes, and develop systemwide standards to guide future modernization projects. Tylisa C. Johnson,, "Report: Patrons give Free Library’s renovated branches high marks," 4 June 2019 When spending from the city’s proposed $4.3 billion budget, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo wants staff to prioritize which neighborhoods should receive services — such as fixing up parks and cleaning up trash — based on need. Emily Deruy, The Mercury News, "San Jose mayor wants neighborhood spending based on need, not complaints," 3 June 2019 New administrations in Brazil and Acre, elected last year, want to prioritize agribusiness. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "These 4 Arguments Can’t Overcome the Facts About Carbon Offsets for Forest Preservation," 31 May 2019 Each neighborhood is designed to prioritize communal farming and locally sourced materials for building construction. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Is Oceanix City by Bjarke Ingels the Real-Life Lost Continent of Atlantis?," 12 Apr. 2019 Its strategy now is simple, and the same as in the past: focusing on and thus recognizing the legitimacy and power of international institutions and prioritizing dialogue over unilateral and hasty decisions. Tobias Schumacher, The New Republic, "The Long-Suffering Europeans Trying to Save the Iran Deal," 3 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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