What does priority mean?

Definitions for priority
praɪˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-pri·or·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. precedence, precedency, prioritynoun

    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, precedencynoun

    preceding in time


  1. prioritynoun

    An item's relative importance.

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

  2. prioritynoun

    A goal of a person or an organisation.

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

  3. prioritynoun

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

  4. Etymology: From priorite, from prioritas.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prioritynoun

    Etymology: from prior, adj.

    From son to son of the lady, as they should be in priority of birth. John Hayward.

    Men still affirm, that it killeth at a distance, that it poisoneth by the eye, and by priority of vision. Brown.

    This observation may assist, in determining the dispute concerning the priority of and Hesiod. William Broome.

    Though he oft renew’d the fight,
    And almost got priority of sight,
    He ne’er could overcome her quite. Jonathan Swift.

    Follow, Cominius, we must follow you,
    Right worthy your priority. William Shakespeare.


  1. Priority

    Prioritization is an action that arranges items or activities in order of importance. Priority may refer specifically to:


  1. priority

    Priority refers to the right or condition of being regarded as more important than others. It is the status given to something or someone based on their importance, urgency, or relevance, and often serves as a guide in decision-making or scheduling tasks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Priorityadjective

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

  2. Priorityadjective

    precedence; superior rank

Editors Contribution

  1. priority

    A task, goal or plan that is actioned in accurate order of justness and fairness.

    Justice and fairness must be the priority for each form of unity government on earth and health and human rights are the first priorities chosen by the people.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 31, 2020  

  2. priority

    A task, goal or plan that is completed in order of required completion date.

    The priority was to ensure they remain united always in their goals for their marriage.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of priority in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of priority in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of priority in a Sentence

  1. Cory Booker:

    My priority is here, my priority is Menendez. My priority is flipping Congress seats at home. So we’re spending a lot of time raising money for folks, which is something that’s really needed. Going to lots of events.

  2. J. K. Rowling:

    His priority did not seem to be to teach them what he knew, but rather to impress upon them that nothing, not even... knowledge, was foolproof.

  3. Jim Costa:

    Well, if it's not a priority for him, then maybe it's just not a priority period, it's a priority for me.

  4. Tom Hopkins:

    Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.

  5. Trey Gowdy:

    I never say what the priority is; it's all a priority.

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