verb (used with object), pri·or·i·tized, pri·or·i·tiz·ing.
- to arrange or do in order of priority: learning to prioritize our assignments.
- to give a high priority to.
verb (used without object), pri·or·i·tized, pri·or·i·tiz·ing.
- to organize or deal with something according to its priority.
Also especially British, pri·or·i·tise.Related formspri·or·i·ti·za·tion, nounre·pri·or·i·ti·za·tion, nounre·pri·or·i·tize, verb (used with object), re·pri·or·i·tized, re·pri·or·i·tiz·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for prioritise
Derived Formsprioritization or prioritisation, noun
- to arrange (items to be attended to) in order of their relative importance
- to give priority to or establish as a priority
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Word Origin and History for prioritise
chiefly British English spelling of prioritize. For suffix, see -ize. Related: Prioritised; prioritising; prioritisation.
1972, apparently coined during the U.S. presidential contest that year, from root of priority + -ize. Related: Prioritized; prioritizing.
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