Definition of priority in English:

priority

nounpriorities

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 matter’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In such cases the need to protect the public takes priority over the principle of proportionality.’
    • ‘Currently not many are considered to be in priority need by local authorities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The highest priority must go to measures that reduce the risk of immediate further attacks.’
    • ‘Our priority must be to provide proper mental health services and support for this young age group.’
    • ‘The priority must be the care and safety of mums-to-be, their babies and their families.’
    • ‘Mkhonta says cutting the number of pedestrian accidents must be given higher priority.’
    • ‘As a newspaperman, there are some stories you hold onto and some you assign priority status.’
    • ‘These would be given priority treatment and less severe cases would be put on a waiting list.’
    • ‘Giving loans from banks for agriculture purposes must be made easier and given priority.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A degree of priority must logically be given to the funding of their primary home.’
    • ‘The biggest group in priority need were people with children, while those not in priority need were single men.’
    • ‘Clients can arrange a simple budget account through the centre to help them pay their priority debts.’
    • ‘Track events take priority over field events but all athletes must report to the field event official at the time stated.’
    • ‘The priority given to low costs contributes to a consensus that service improvements are unlikely.’
    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. 1.1count noun A thing that is regarded as more important than others.
      ‘housework didn't figure high on her list of priorities’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You have a lot to do, a list of responsibilities but it is now time to make a list of priorities.’
      • ‘Those plans have moved further down his list of priorities since the world began waking up to the band.’
      • ‘The priorities will form the basis for a State of the District debate next month.’
      • ‘Tourism as a source of income is also high on the list of priorities in the strategy document.’
      • ‘I began to see things from her point of view and realised I'd had my priorities the wrong way round.’
      • ‘He also said ministers had got their priorities wrong in terms of the level of spending on test setting.’
      • ‘The move is an important shift in the government's public transport priorities.’
      • ‘With limited funds one can sympathise with those who have to decide on restoration priorities.’
      • ‘In addition, the priorities of shareholders may be different from those of the directors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It has sound financial management and funding is allocated according to its priorities.’
      • ‘One of my priorities would be to have a direct railway link to the airport.’
      • ‘You fall in love with a new person or idea, which changes your priorities for a while.’
      • ‘One of her first priorities is to look at new ways to use the hall and improve the service offered to visitors.’
      • ‘She said her priority areas in Bradford were communications and marketing.’
      • ‘A number of strategic priorities have been identified and acted upon since 1998.’
    2. 1.2British The right to proceed before other traffic.
      ‘priority is given to traffic already on the roundabout’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The new traffic lights are intended to give priority to buses coming from Wroughton park and ride.’
      • ‘Zurich's trams also have priority over all forms of traffic at any time, even over pedestrians at crossings.’
      • ‘Controversial plans to move queuing traffic and to give buses priority on a York road are being reconsidered.’
      • ‘This analysis has presented instances for which active bus priority may be justified.’
      • ‘It's actually possible to build traffic lights which give buses priority.’
      • ‘The city should give pedestrians and cyclists equal top priority, before motors and plan for this.’
      • ‘Cycle lanes and pedestrian access points will be given greater priority.’
      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

/prʌɪˈɒrɪti/