[ prahy-awr-i-tee, -or- ]
/ praɪˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr- /

noun, plural pri·or·i·ties for 2–4.

the state or quality of being earlier in time, occurrence, etc.
the right to precede others in order, rank, privilege, etc.; precedence.
the right to take precedence in obtaining certain supplies, services, facilities, etc., especially during a shortage.
something given special attention.


highest or higher in importance, rank, privilege, etc.: a priority task.

Origin of priority

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French priorite < Medieval Latin priōritās. See prior1, -ity


non·pri·or·i·ty, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for priority

/ (praɪˈɒrɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the condition of being prior; antecedence; precedence
the right of precedence over others
something given specified attentionmy first priority
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