Definition of prioritize in English:


(also prioritise)


  • 1 Designate or treat (something) as being very or most important.

    ‘the department has failed to prioritize safety within the oil industry’
    • ‘It is important to prioritise good news stories and to release these stories and progress of positive and worthy projects into the public domain.’
    • ‘But it's important to prioritise financial commitments in these circumstances.’
    • ‘It is the responsibility and prerogative of the policymakers to determine how conflicting interests will be prioritized for their purposes.’
    • ‘Times like these, if they do nothing else, help us put things in perspective and prompt us to prioritize those things that are most important to us.’
    • ‘The Health and Safety Authority traditionally prioritises high-risk sectors such as construction, agriculture and fishing.’
    • ‘He added that children needing cardiac surgery are prioritised when it came to designating intensive care spaces.’
    • ‘They also prioritize their goals: Safety first, smooth and predictable maneuvers and precise flying.’
    • ‘The first segment of this session will explore the role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in prioritizing the health and safety of workers.’
    • ‘The important thing is being here to spread the word about prioritising our environmental problems.’
    • ‘‘You have to understand how consumers are prioritising the benefit of each product,’ Lazaridis thinks.’
    • ‘This more sober assessment is in some ways a good discipline, for it forces us to prioritize our efforts and insist on real, measurable success.’
    • ‘Such analyses were considered important to prioritize community needs and help community-based interventions.’
    • ‘He will reveal his plans, which prioritise public safety, as part of an announcement on justice reform at Holyrood on Tuesday.’
    • ‘Though it does not hide its views on political issues, the group has stressed that it prioritizes culture over politics.’
    • ‘Finally, this book highlights and prioritizes gaps in our current understanding of speciation.’
    • ‘On most Web schedules, it's critical that design energy is prioritized and focused.’
    • ‘Training staff at the front of the club to sell retail is as important as prioritizing the sale of spa products within that portion of the facility.’
    • ‘These funds in turn are used to prioritise debt repayments to domestic and foreign creditors.’
    • ‘So when you look at another civilisation, you tend to assume that its values, its procedures, the way it does things, the way it treats the past, the way it prioritises its culture, its economics, its value system and so on, is like yours.’
    • ‘Long-term investors prioritize fundamentals and recognize that technical factors play an important role.’
    bring attention to, call attention to, draw attention to, focus attention on, highlight, point up, spotlight, foreground, play up, make a point of
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    1. 1.1Determine the order for dealing with (a series of items or tasks) according to their relative importance.
      ‘age affects the way people prioritize their goals’
      • ‘It allows a business to prioritise the delivery of important data over less important information.’
      • ‘Inspector Chris Martin, head of the medical squad, said their first task was to prioritise the injured for when the air ambulance arrived.’
      • ‘A police spokeswoman added: ‘We receive a large number of calls each day and these have to be prioritised in relation to their urgency.’’
      • ‘This is where operators prioritise in descending order the exchanges where they want a presence.’
      • ‘The government must prioritize its competing national goals.’
      • ‘Storage domains also ensure that quality of service delivered by the storage network is prioritized according to the relative importance of the competing workloads and the class of storage required.’
      • ‘It's important to prioritize the daily deluge of information, demands and requests that you get at work and at home.’
      • ‘So we're trying the best that we can to prioritize according to need and accessibility, but certainly it will be weeks and months to come of relief efforts.’
      • ‘Be sure to task prioritize for each phase of flight, which means perform the correct action at the correct time.’
      • ‘With a tool to organize and prioritize all of your lead management tasks, following up with potential customers can be a real pleasure.’
      • ‘Time was the key and in essence tasks had to be prioritized in the order of importance.’
      • ‘Pharmacy students should learn to prioritize and complete tasks systematically.’
      • ‘These different roles must be prioritised in their order of importance in your life.’
      • ‘Jot down your concerns and prioritize them from most important to least.’
      • ‘The categories should be prioritized according to the urgency of each message.’
      • ‘Ask patients what information they would like, and prioritise their information needs so that important needs can be dealt with first if time is short.’
      • ‘The assigned weights essentially prioritize the various criteria to be evaluated, in a numerical manner.’
      • ‘Demand is increasing for research to be prioritised according to the importance of health issues, and burden of disease measures have been proposed to aid this process.’
      • ‘The purpose of a booking system is to ensure that those who need surgery first get it first, and that is why they are prioritised to get surgery within 6 months.’
      • ‘Draw up a list of your debts and prioritise them.’