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[prahy-awr-i-tahyz, -or-]
verb (used with object), pri·or·i·tized, pri·or·i·tiz·ing.
  1. to arrange or do in order of priority: learning to prioritize our assignments.
  2. to give a high priority to.
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verb (used without object), pri·or·i·tized, pri·or·i·tiz·ing.
  1. to organize or deal with something according to its priority.
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Also especially British, pri·or·i·tise.

Origin of prioritize

First recorded in 1965–70; priorit(y) + -ize
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.

Usage note

See -ize.
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verb (tr)
  1. to arrange (items to be attended to) in order of their relative importance
  2. to give priority to or establish as a priority
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Derived Formsprioritization or prioritisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for prioritization


1973, from prioritize + -ation.

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1972, apparently coined during the U.S. presidential contest that year, from root of priority + -ize. Related: Prioritized; prioritizing.

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