priority


priority
pri|or|i|ty1 W2S2 [praıˈɔrıti US -ˈo:r-] n plural priorities
1.) [U and C]
the thing that you think is most important and that needs attention before anything else
The club's priority is to win the League.
first/top/main priority
The children are our first priority.
After several burglaries in the area, security is now a high priority (=very important and needing attention soon) .
With so little money available, repairs must remain a low priority (=not important and not needing attention soon) .
The customer is high on our list of priorities .
List your tasks in order of priority (=most important first) .
2.) [U]
the right to be given attention first and before other people or things
priority over
Buses should have priority over other road users.
A young person who has finished the course will be given priority over one who has not.
I want to start work on the garden but the house must take priority .
3.) get your priorities right also get your priorities straight AmE
to know what is most important and needs attention first
We need to get our priorities right.
priority 2
priority2 adj
before other people or things
Members receive priority bookings and reduced ticket prices to all concerts.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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