Definitions for prioritypraɪˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pri•or•i•typraɪˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the state or quality of being earlier in time or occurrence.

  2. the right to take precedence in obtaining supplies, services, etc., as during a shortage.

  3. the right to precede others in order, rank, privilege, etc.; precedence.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. something given special or prior attention.

Origin of priority:

1350–1400; ME < MF < ML

Princeton's WordNet

  1. precedence, precedency, priority(noun)

    status established in order of importance or urgency

    "...its precedence as the world's leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals"; "national independence takes priority over class struggle"

  2. priority, antecedence, antecedency, anteriority, precedence, precedency(noun)

    preceding in time

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. priority(noun)ɪˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-

    an important thing that must be dealt with first

    Looking after my children is my number one priority.

  2. priorityɪˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-

    to decide sth or sb is more important than others

    The city gives single parent families priority for housing.; We give priority to the sickest patients.


  1. priority(Noun)

    An item's relative importance.

    He set his e-mail message's priority to high.

  2. priority(Noun)

    A goal of a person or an organisation.

    She needs to get her priorities straight and stop playing games.

  3. priority(Noun)

    A superior claim to use by virtue of being validly published at an earlier date.

  4. Origin: From priorite, from prioritas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Priority(adj)

    the quality or state of being prior or antecedent in time, or of preceding something else; as, priority of application

  2. Priority(adj)

    precedence; superior rank

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'priority' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3065

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'priority' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2447

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'priority' in Nouns Frequency: #865

Translations for priority

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the right to be or go first

An ambulance must have priority over other traffic.

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