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 The result, Jinyong said, risked prioritizing the environment over humans escaping poverty. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The Conundrum at the Heart of China’s Belt and Road Initiative," 5 Sep. 2019 Time for public servants to start centering victims and prioritizing public safety or be voted out. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: After a visit to the Minnesota State Fair, we ask, which party is inciting bad behavior?," 30 Aug. 2019 Now the families of those killed are pushing the Pentagon to more closely examine the incidents and prioritize improving training standards to prevent future deaths. Missy Ryan, Anchorage Daily News, "Spike in military training fatalities exposes dangers troops face far from the battlefields," 30 Aug. 2019 Parents need to start prioritizing their children’s welfare at the ballot box, even if the candidate wouldn’t have otherwise been their top pick. Elliot Haspel, The New Republic, "Millennial Parents Are Failing Their Children," 30 Aug. 2019 That is changing as some companies, particularly at the bigger end of the scale, have adopted strategies prioritizing payouts explicitly. Washington Post, "Even Boone Pickens Is Falling Out of Love With Oil," 18 Sep. 2019 With the World Cup starting one month before camps open, timing wasn't great for American players who don't prioritize international play. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "What went wrong? What's next? Burning questions for USA Basketball ahead of Olympics," 13 Sep. 2019 Those voters can be reached much more efficiently through free viral videos and memes than can, say, potential supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden who prioritize electability. Fortune, "Can Andrew Yang Win in 2020? Inside His Unorthodox Campaign," 12 Sep. 2019 Instead their shape, use of materials, and size (or lack thereof) speaks more to what women prioritize and what fashion rules no longer apply. Glamour, "5 Bag Trends Will Be Everywhere This Fall 2019," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of prioritize

1961, in the meaning defined above

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1 Nov 2019

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The first known use of prioritize was in 1961

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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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