take priority


: to be dealt with or done first
I know you want to buy a new stereo, but right now, saving for college has to take priority.

Examples of take priority in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, our research shows that Putin supporters who oppose continuing the war are still divided about whether financing the offensive should take priority over social programs. Timothy Frye, Foreign Affairs, 25 Mar. 2024 After all, the flat-six’s symphony should take priority here. Akin to Apple products under Steve Jobs, where internal componentry never seen by consumers was treated with exhaustive attention, Singer’s white-glove approach is intended to redefine 911 restorations. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 21 Feb. 2024 In close cases, and there are many, the views of the agency take priority even if courts might have ruled differently. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2024 Johnson also argued that America’s border problems should take priority, a preference shared by many on the right. Andrew L. Stigler, Twin Cities, 7 Jan. 2024 The Clooneys are now very discerning about choosing work projects to ensure Alexander and Ella take priority. Ellie Beeck, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2023 Your primary employer has to take priority over any side gig. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 Those sites will take priority in curbing emissions, something the administration says is the fastest and cheapest way to reach U.S. emissions goals. Lucas Thompson, NBC News, 2 Dec. 2023 Lastly, working in the nonprofit world, the focus on funding tends to take priority. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2023

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“Take priority.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20priority. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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