- 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
Examples from the Web for priority
Current and former intelligence officials have said North Korea has long been a priority target for American spies.Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?
January 8, 2015
If we want that to change, then all of us have to encourage our legislators to make funding community policing a priority.How to Solve the Policing Crisis
January 5, 2015
“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
January 4, 2015
The priority that the regime places on cyber warfare is made clear by its recruiting.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel
December 20, 2014
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
December 2, 2014
This is quite another matter; my right of priority is incontestable.The Field of Ice
And there are two great evidences of religion—the priority of the soul and the order of the heavens.Laws
What means, if any, were adopted at the time to distinguish the priority of birth?The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
These were arranged in accordance with their claim to priority.
What miserable work, again, it is searching for priority of names.The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)
- the condition of being prior; antecedence; precedence
- the right of precedence over others
- something given specified attentionmy first priority
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."