priority

noun
ADJECTIVE
high, main, major, number-one, top
first, immediate, urgent

Getting food, medicine and blankets to flood victims is the most urgent priority.

low

Material possessions have always been a low priority for Mike.

budget, budgetary, legislative (esp. AmE), spending, strategic

Using the Internet is one of the company's top strategic priorities.

VERB + PRIORITY
choose, decide on, determine, establish, identify, set, sort out

You need to sort out your priorities before making a decision about the future.

get, have, take

When hospital funds are being allocated children take priority.

assign, give

We assign a high priority to research and development.

The bank seems to give priority to new customers.

re-evaluate (AmE), reorder, rethink

To reduce stress you may have to rethink your priorities in life.

PREPOSITION
priority over

Her family takes priority over her work.

PHRASES
a list of priorities
order of priority

List the tasks in order of priority.

place a high priority on sth, place a low priority on sth

We need to place a higher priority on family and social issues.


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