Meaning of PRIORITY in English

PRIORITY

(priorities)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

If something is a ~, it is the most important thing you have to do or deal with, or must be done or dealt with before everything else you have to do.

Being a parent is her first ~...

The government’s ~ is to build more power plants...

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2.

If you give ~ to something or someone, you treat them as more important than anything or anyone else.

The school will give ~ to science, maths and modern languages...

PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR to n

3.

If something takes ~ or has ~ over other things, it is regarded as being more important than them and is dealt with first.

The fight against inflation took ~ over measures to combat the deepening recession...

PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR over n

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