pri·or·i·tynoun \prī-ˈȯr-ə-tē, -ˈär-\
Definition of PRIORITY1
a (1) : the quality or state of being prior (2) : precedence in date or position of publication —used of taxa
b (1) : superiority in rank, position, or privilege (2) : legal precedence in exercise of rights over the same subject matter2
: a preferential rating; especially : one that allocates rights to goods and services usually in limited supply <that project has top priority>3
: something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives See priority defined for English-language learners »See priority defined for kids »Examples of PRIORITY
- Reorganizing the sales force will be a top priority for the new president.
- Getting the work done on time is a priority for me.
- She decided to go to the party instead of studying? Where are her priorities?
- I know you want to buy a new stereo, but right now, saving for college has to take priority.