noun, plural pri·or·i·ties for 2–4.
Origin of priority
Examples from the Web for priority
Current and former intelligence officials have said North Korea has long been a priority target for American spies.
If we want that to change, then all of us have to encourage our legislators to make funding community policing a priority.
“The tribe is really made of people who put travel as a priority in their entire lifestyle,” says Evita.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The priority that the regime places on cyber warfare is made clear by its recruiting.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel|Michael Daly|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, a longtime disability advocate, has made HCBS a priority, a Harkin aide told The Daily Beast.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Frantic wires have been buzzing all the afternoon for you—priority messages pouring in.Tell England|Ernest Raymond
Almost all the great inventions and the ingenious application of principles have many claimants for the honor of priority.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner|Charles Dudley Warner
Besides, as the souls are contained in the perfect living Organism, it is one reason more for the priority of the Intelligence.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3|Plotinos (Plotinus)
In accordance with the laws of priority, Rafinesque's name, Hicoria, takes precedence over Carya.The Pecan and its Culture|H. Harold Hume
Among them, by priority of right and by her energy, was Spain.
British Dictionary definitions for priority
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for priority
late 14c., "state of being earlier," from Old French priorite (14c.), from Medieval Latin prioritatem (nominative prioritas) "fact or condition of being prior," from Latin prior (see prior (adj.)). From c.1400 as "precedence in right or rank."