Definition of priority in English:

priority

noun

  • 1The fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important.

    ‘the safety of the country takes priority over any other matter’
    • ‘The priority given to low costs contributes to a consensus that service improvements are unlikely.’
    • ‘Clients can arrange a simple budget account through the centre to help them pay their priority debts.’
    • ‘These would be given priority treatment and less severe cases would be put on a waiting list.’
    • ‘Track events take priority over field events but all athletes must report to the field event official at the time stated.’
    • ‘Currently not many are considered to be in priority need by local authorities.’
    • ‘He set off the next day knowing that finding food must be his first priority, but his next meal was to come from an unexpected source.’
    • ‘European Community law is potentially more powerful, since it takes priority over domestic law.’
    • ‘The highest priority must go to measures that reduce the risk of immediate further attacks.’
    • ‘Experiments also must be second in priority to the accumulation of points.’
    • ‘The well-being and saving the lives of the old folk must have priority if this deal has any validity.’
    • ‘As a newspaperman, there are some stories you hold onto and some you assign priority status.’
    • ‘Giving loans from banks for agriculture purposes must be made easier and given priority.’
    • ‘The biggest group in priority need were people with children, while those not in priority need were single men.’
    • ‘Mkhonta says cutting the number of pedestrian accidents must be given higher priority.’
    • ‘A degree of priority must logically be given to the funding of their primary home.’
    • ‘The priority must be the care and safety of mums-to-be, their babies and their families.’
    • ‘Our priority must be to provide proper mental health services and support for this young age group.’
    • ‘We do develop the local into good quality players but there comes a time when work takes priority over the game.’
    • ‘In such cases the need to protect the public takes priority over the principle of proportionality.’
    • ‘Financing the country's energy is an absolute necessity and takes priority over all things.’
    prime concern, first concern, most important consideration, most pressing matter, matter of greatest importance, primary issue
    precedence, greater importance, preference, precedency, pre-eminence, first place, highest place, predominance, primacy, the lead, weighting, weight
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    1. 1.1 A thing that is regarded as more important than another.
      ‘housework didn't figure high on her list of priorities’
      • ‘One of her first priorities is to look at new ways to use the hall and improve the service offered to visitors.’
      • ‘The priorities will form the basis for a State of the District debate next month.’
      • ‘He also said ministers had got their priorities wrong in terms of the level of spending on test setting.’
      • ‘We have to put ecological sanity and human rights at the top of our list of priorities.’
      • ‘People at the meeting said the two disagreed fundamentally on their priorities.’
      • ‘With limited funds one can sympathise with those who have to decide on restoration priorities.’
      • ‘Tourism as a source of income is also high on the list of priorities in the strategy document.’
      • ‘A number of strategic priorities have been identified and acted upon since 1998.’
      • ‘You fall in love with a new person or idea, which changes your priorities for a while.’
      • ‘It has sound financial management and funding is allocated according to its priorities.’
      • ‘The move is an important shift in the government's public transport priorities.’
      • ‘You have a lot to do, a list of responsibilities but it is now time to make a list of priorities.’
      • ‘One of my priorities would be to have a direct railway link to the airport.’
      • ‘In addition, the priorities of shareholders may be different from those of the directors.’
      • ‘I began to see things from her point of view and realised I'd had my priorities the wrong way round.’
      • ‘Decide on your priorities and they will define and create your opportunities.’
      • ‘When it comes to service, it is the poor and the needy who take primacy in her priorities.’
      • ‘As ever, humour was high on their list of priorities with this collection of one-act plays.’
      • ‘She said her priority areas in Bradford were communications and marketing.’
      • ‘Those plans have moved further down his list of priorities since the world began waking up to the band.’
    2. 1.2British The 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’
      • ‘It's actually possible to build traffic lights which give buses priority.’
      • ‘Give the bus priority over other traffic by fitting a musical klaxon, like the emergency services.’
      • ‘Controversial plans to move queuing traffic and to give buses priority on a York road are being reconsidered.’
      • ‘Cycle lanes and pedestrian access points will be given greater priority.’
      • ‘The city should give pedestrians and cyclists equal top priority, before motors and plan for this.’
      • ‘Zurich's trams also have priority over all forms of traffic at any time, even over pedestrians at crossings.’
      • ‘Do taxis in Skipton have priority over all traffic?’
      • ‘The new traffic lights are intended to give priority to buses coming from Wroughton park and ride.’
      • ‘The following two sections deal with bus lanes and traffic signal priority respectively.’
      • ‘This analysis has presented instances for which active bus priority may be justified.’
      right of way
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Origin

Late Middle English (denoting precedence in time or rank): from Old French priorite, from medieval Latin prioritas, from Latin prior ‘former’ (see prior).

Pronunciation

priority

/praɪˈɔrədi//prīˈôrədē/