Definition of priority in English:


Syllabification: pri·or·i·ty
Pronunciation: /prīˈôrətē

noun (plural priorities)

  • 1A thing that is regarded as more important than another: housework didn’t figure high on her list of priorities
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    • As ever, humour was high on their list of priorities with this collection of one-act plays.
    • People at the meeting said the two disagreed fundamentally on their priorities.
    • We have to put ecological sanity and human rights at the top of our list of priorities.
  • 1.1The fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important: the safety of the country takes priority over any other matter
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    • Financing the country's energy is an absolute necessity and takes priority over all things.
    • We do develop the local into good quality players but there comes a time when work takes priority over the game.
    • European Community law is potentially more powerful, since it takes priority over domestic law.
    prime concern, most important consideration, primary issueprecedence, greater importance, preference, preeminence, predominance, primacy, first place
  • 1.2The right to take precedence or to proceed before others: priority is given to those with press passes [as modifier]: clear the left lane for priority traffic
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    • The following two sections deal with bus lanes and traffic signal priority respectively.
    • Give the bus priority over other traffic by fitting a musical klaxon, like the emergency services.
    • Do taxis in Skipton have priority over all traffic?
    right of way


late Middle English (denoting precedence in time or rank): from Old French priorite, from medieval Latin prioritas, from Latin prior 'former' (see prior1).

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