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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.

verb (used without object)

, pri·or·i·tized, pri·or·i·tiz·ing.
  1. to organize or deal with something according to its priority.


/ praɪˈɒrɪˌtaɪz /


  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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Spelling Note

See -ize.

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Derived Forms

  • ˌprioritiˈzation, noun

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Other Words From

  • pri·ori·ti·zation noun
  • repri·ori·ti·zation noun
  • repri·ori·tize verb (used with object) reprioritized reprioritizing

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Word History and Origins

Origin of prioritize1

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

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Example Sentences

This isn’t the first way that Lowe’s has prioritized helping minority business-owners since the coronavirus pandemic began.

From Fortune

Atkins promised later in the week to prioritize the decertification measure in the next session.

The post Five reasons why SEO should be prioritized over paid media campaigns appeared first on Search Engine Watch.

If politicians don’t want to see cities burn, they must prioritize real change.

From Vox

Since introducing online shopping in 2000, the company hasn’t always prioritized digital sales.

From Quartz

RAWIYA: I learned several years ago that in these kinds of situations, I have to prioritize my own feelings.

Graham was asked what Republicans should prioritize if they take control of the Senate in the midterm elections.

They set up an area for patient triage and identification to help them prioritize.

The United States, they said, should “prioritize the flow of highly skilled or educated immigrants” into the country.

Even countries with extremely limited resources still choose to prioritize the health of children above everything else.


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