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Definition of priority noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    priority

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//praɪˈɒrəti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪˈɔːrəti//
     
    (pl. priorities) Driving
     
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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 (= decide what is important to you). (North American English) You need to get your priorities straight.
  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.
  3. 3[uncountable] (British English) the right of a vehicle to go before other traffic at a particular place on a road synonym right of way Buses have priority at this junction. See related entries: Driving
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (denoting precedence in time or rank): from Old French priorite, from medieval Latin prioritas, from Latin prior ‘former’, related to prae ‘before’.Extra examples Her family takes priority over her work. List the tasks in order of priority. Material possessions have always been a low priority for Mike. The bank seems to give priority to new customers. The government is giving priority to school leavers in its job-creation programme. To reduce stress you may have to rethink your priorities in life. Using the Internet is one of the company’s top strategic priorities. We assign a high priority to research and development. We need to place a higher priority on family and social issues. When hospital funds are being allocated children take priority. You need to sort out your priorities before making a decision about the future. Club members will be given priority. Education is a top priority. Financial security was high on his list of priorities. You need to get your priorities right. a high/​low priority
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: priority