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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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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