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priority

noun     /praɪˈɒrəti/ (plural priorities)
[C] something that you do or deal with first because it is more important or urgent than other things: The company focuses on business priorities that make a difference : intense commitment to customer service and maintaining low costs . strategic / corporate priorities spending / financial / investment prioritiesa top/number one/first priority For the Internal Revenue Service , protection of taxpayers ' data is a top priority.a high/clear priority Regulators , both globally and locally , need to define clearer priorities.sb's priority is to do sth At the moment , our priority is to recruit high-calibre employees to supplement the existing staff .make sth a priority Union representatives are anxious to make healthcare benefits a priority for their workers over the next few months .identify/set/establish priorities The bank's board of directors was criticized for failing to set priorities.a list/set of priorities Tackling the issue of World debt relief will be high on the list of priorities at next week's summit .
[U] the state or fact of being the most important job or aim , compared to other jobs or aims : high/low/top priority Euro MPs are now demanding higher priority for climate change policy .take/have/get priority (over sth) Under certain circumstances , there may be special requirements that take priority over all others .give sth priority/give priority to sth Both countries have given priority to corporate investment .a priority area/sector Products across twelve priority sectors are now being traded freely between member states .
(Definition of priority noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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