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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Other Words from prioritize

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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Congress should follow California’s model and prioritize instituting gun safety laws that will help prevent suicides and their devastating impact on families. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: California gun laws are helping lower suicide rate," 15 Sep. 2019 The primary focus remains on the White House, where weeks have passed since a pair of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, galvanized public pressure for new gun measures that have since been prioritized by congressional Democrats. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "White House readies gun plan, but Trump still conflicted," 14 Sep. 2019 Going up against quarterback Steven Montez and star wideout Laviska Shenault is no easy task, but a goal for new offensive coordinator Jay Johnson is prioritizing the rushing attack more. The Si Staff,, "Top Week 3 College Football Bets for Each Power 5 Conference," 13 Sep. 2019 Are there any other circumstances in which people prioritize kindness more or less in a mate? Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Here's What Young People All Over the World Say They Want Most in a Partner," 13 Sep. 2019 The kinds of choices that require public sacrifice and the expenditure of money often aren’t made, because short-term thinking prioritizes putting human and capital resources toward issues that appear more urgent in the moment. Bran Ferren, Quartz, "Geodesign is going to change the design world as we know it," 13 Sep. 2019 But the institution’s latest permanent exhibition has outdone itself, prioritizing accessibility to an extent rarely seen in museums and galleries. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "This London Gallery Is Working to Be One of the World’s Most Accessible Museums," 11 Sep. 2019 Wadsworth, who joined Gannett more than 20 years ago and now oversees its 109 local newsrooms and its flagship USA TODAY, has prioritized carrying out the company’s commitment to diversity. Staff, USA TODAY, "Maribel Perez Wadsworth Wins the 2019 Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership," 27 Aug. 2019 The fight for equal pay for women should prioritize equal pay for Black women. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "It’s Black Women’s Equal Pay Day — Here’s How Black Women Are Speaking Out," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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