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prioritynoun [C/U]

 us   /prɑɪˈɔr·ɪ·t̬i, -ˈɑr-/
something that is ​considered more ​important than other ​matters: [C] The ​presidentvowed to make ​education one of his ​top priorities.
takes priority over
If something ​takes priority over something ​else, it is more ​important: [U] Getting ​freshwater and ​food to the ​floodvictimstakes priority over ​dealing with ​theirinsuranceclaims.
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prioritynoun [C or U]

uk   /praɪˈɒr.ə.ti/  us   /praɪˈɔːr.ə.t̬i/
B2 something that is very ​important and must be ​dealt with before other things: The ​management did not ​seem to ​considerofficesafety to be a priority. My first/​top priority is to ​findsomewhere to ​live. You have to ​learn to getyour priorities right/​straight (= ​decide which are the most ​importantjobs or ​problems and ​deal with them first). Repairing the ​plumbing is a priority ​task (= more ​important than other ​jobs). Banks ​normally give priority tolargebusinesses when ​deciding on ​loans (= they ​deal with them first because they ​consider them most ​important). Official ​businessrequirementsobviously take/have priority overpersonalrequests (= ​officialbusinessmatters will be ​dealt with first).

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"priority" in Business English

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prioritynoun

uk   us   /praɪˈɒrəti/ (plural priorities)
[C] something that you do or ​deal with first because it is more important or urgent than other things: The ​companyfocuses on ​business priorities that make a difference: intense ​commitment to ​customerservice and ​maintaininglowcosts. 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 ​defineclearer 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 ​healthcarebenefits 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 ​debtrelief 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 EuroMPs are now ​demandinghigher priority for ​climatechangepolicy.take/have/get priority (over sth) Under ​certain circumstances, there may be ​specialrequirements that take priority over all others.give sth priority/give priority to sth Both countries have given priority to ​corporateinvestment.a priority area/sector Products across twelve priority ​sectors are now being ​traded freely between ​memberstates.
(Definition of priority from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “priority”
in Arabic أولَوِيّة…
in Korean 우선권, 우선사항…
in Portuguese prioridade…
in Catalan prioritat…
in Japanese 優先事項, 優先度…
in Chinese (Simplified) 优先考虑的事…
in Turkish öncelik, önceliği olan…
in Russian первоочередная задача…
in Chinese (Traditional) 優先考慮的事…
in Italian priorità…
in Polish priorytet…
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