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Definition of priority noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//praɪˈɑrət̮i//
    (pl. priorities)
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  1. 1[countable] something that you think is more important than other things and should be dealt with first a high/low priority Education is a top priority. Our first priority is to improve standards. Financial security was high on his list of priorities. You need to get your priorities right/straight (= decide what is important to you).
  2. 2[uncountable] priority (over something) the most important place among various things that have to be done or among a group of people synonym precedence Club members will be given priority. The search for a new vaccine will take priority over all other medical research. Priority cases, such as homeless families, get dealt with first.
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