Definition of prioritize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    prioritize

     verb
    (British English also -ise)verb
    BrE BrE//praɪˈɒrətaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪˈɔːrətaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prioritize
    BrE BrE//praɪˈɒrətaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪˈɔːrətaɪz//
     
    he / she / it prioritizes
    BrE BrE//praɪˈɒrətaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪˈɔːrətaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple prioritized
    BrE BrE//praɪˈɒrətaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪˈɔːrətaɪzd//
     
    past participle prioritized
    BrE BrE//praɪˈɒrətaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪˈɔːrətaɪzd//
     
    -ing form prioritizing
    BrE BrE//praɪˈɒrətaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪˈɔːrətaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] prioritize (something) to put tasks, problems, etc. in order of importance, so that you can deal with the most important first You should make a list of all the jobs you have to do and prioritize them.
  2. 2[transitive] prioritize something (formal) to treat something as being more important than other things The organization was formed to prioritize the needs of older people.
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