Definition of prioritize in English:


(also prioritise)


[with object]
  • 1Designate 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On most Web schedules, it's critical that design energy is prioritized and focused.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though it does not hide its views on political issues, the group has stressed that it prioritizes culture over politics.’
    • ‘He added that children needing cardiac surgery are prioritised when it came to designating intensive care spaces.’
    • ‘Such analyses were considered important to prioritize community needs and help community-based interventions.’
    • ‘‘You have to understand how consumers are prioritising the benefit of each product,’ Lazaridis thinks.’
    • ‘But it's important to prioritise financial commitments in these circumstances.’
    • ‘They also prioritize their goals: Safety first, smooth and predictable maneuvers and precise flying.’
    • ‘Finally, this book highlights and prioritizes gaps in our current understanding of speciation.’
    • ‘The important thing is being here to spread the word about prioritising our environmental problems.’
    • ‘The Health and Safety Authority traditionally prioritises high-risk sectors such as construction, agriculture and fishing.’
    • ‘He will reveal his plans, which prioritise public safety, as part of an announcement on justice reform at Holyrood on Tuesday.’
    • ‘It is the responsibility and prerogative of the policymakers to determine how conflicting interests will be prioritized for their purposes.’
    • ‘These funds in turn are used to prioritise debt repayments to domestic and foreign creditors.’
    • ‘Long-term investors prioritize fundamentals and recognize that technical factors play an important role.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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. 1.1 Determine the order for dealing with (a series of items or tasks) according to their relative importance.
      ‘age affects the way people prioritize their goals’
      • ‘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 assigned weights essentially prioritize the various criteria to be evaluated, in a numerical manner.’
      • ‘Draw up a list of your debts and prioritise them.’
      • ‘These different roles must be prioritised in their order of importance in your life.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The government must prioritize its competing national goals.’
      • ‘Pharmacy students should learn to prioritize and complete tasks systematically.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Time was the key and in essence tasks had to be prioritized in the order of importance.’
      • ‘A police spokeswoman added: ‘We receive a large number of calls each day and these have to be prioritised in relation to their urgency.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Be sure to task prioritize for each phase of flight, which means perform the correct action at the correct time.’
      • ‘The categories should be prioritized according to the urgency of each message.’
      • ‘Inspector Chris Martin, head of the medical squad, said their first task was to prioritise the injured for when the air ambulance arrived.’
      • ‘Jot down your concerns and prioritize them from most important to least.’
      • ‘With a tool to organize and prioritize all of your lead management tasks, following up with potential customers can be a real pleasure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It allows a business to prioritise the delivery of important data over less important information.’
      • ‘This is where operators prioritise in descending order the exchanges where they want a presence.’