Meaning of PRIORITY in English

PRIORITY

/ praɪˈɒrəti; NAmE -ˈɔːr-; -ˈɑːr-/ noun ( pl. -ies )

1.

[ C ] 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) .

( NAmE )

You need to get your priorities straight .

2.

[ U ] priority (over sth) the most important place among various things that have to be done or among a group of people

SYN 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.

[ U ] ( BrE ) the right of a vehicle to go before other traffic at a particular place on a road

SYN right of way :

Buses have priority at this junction.

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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.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.