noun (plural priorities)[mass noun]
- 1The fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important than others: the safety of the country takes priority over any other matterMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [count noun] A thing that is regarded as more important than others: housework didn’t figure high on her list of prioritiesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2British The right to proceed before other traffic: priority is given to traffic already on the roundabout
late Middle English (denoting precedence in time or rank): from Old French priorite, from medieval Latin prioritas, from Latin prior 'former' (see prior1).