Definition of priority in English:

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Pronunciation: /prīˈôrədē/

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 issue
precedence, 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).

Words that rhyme with priority

authority, inferiority, juniority, majority, minority, seniority, sonority, sorority, superiority

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Syllabification: pri·or·i·ty

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