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priority (high status)

Definition:

status established in order of importance or urgency

Class:

state noun (stable states of affairs)

Related to:

prioritize

Plural:

priorities

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

national independence takes priority over class struggle

Etymology:

Old French priorite (14th century), from Medieval Latin prioritatem (nominative...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of priority...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural] | antecedence [synonym, sense-specific] | precedence [synonym, sense-specific]

the condition of being prior; antecedence; precedence | the right of precedence over others | something given specified attention (17 of 420 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/priority

Wikipedia:

Priority [disambiguation]

may refer to: Priority date, a concept of establishing waiting times in the immigration process by United States Department of State | Priority level, the priority of emergency communications | Priority right, a time-limited right, triggered by the... (36 of 235 words, 16 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Priority

Merriam-Webster:

priority | priorities [plural] | precedence [synonym, sense-specific] | right-of-way [synonym, sense-specific] | preference [similar, sense-specific] | urgency [similar, sense-specific] | ascendancy [similar, sense-specific] | preeminence [similar, sense-specific] | primacy [similar, sense-specific] | ...

the quality or state of being prior ; precedence in date or position of ... | a preferential rating ; especially, one that allocates rights to goods ... (26 of 187 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/priority

Macmillan British Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

[countable] something important that must be done first or needs more ... | [uncountable] the right to go before someone or something else, or to ... (24 of 172 words, 2 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/priority

Cambridge Dictionary:

priority

something that is very important and must be dealt with before other things (13 of 115 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/priority

Oxford Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

the fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important than others | a thing that is regarded as more important than others | [British] ... (25 of 114 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/priority

Random House Dictionary:

priority | priorities [sense-specific, plural]

the state or quality of being earlier in time, occurrence, etc. | the right to precede others in order, rank, privilege, etc.; precedence. | the right ... (24 of 69 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/priority

American Heritage Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

Precedence, especially established by order of importance or urgency. | An established right to precedence. | An authoritative rating that establishes ... (19 of 58 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

An item's relative importance. | A goal of a person or an organisation. | [taxonomy] A superior claim to use by virtue of being validly published at an earlier date. (28 of 58 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/priority

New World Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

the fact or condition of being prior; precedence in time, order, importance, etc. | a right to precedence over others in obtaining, buying, or doing ... (24 of 52 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/priority

Encarta Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

the state of having most importance or urgency | somebody or something that is ranked highly in terms of importance or urgency | the right to be ... (25 of 72 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736878​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

priority

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Old French priorite (14th century), from Medieval Latin prioritatem (nominative prioritas) "fact or condition of being prior", ... (20 of 26 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=priority

Oxford Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

Origin: late Middle English (denoting precedence in time or rank): from Old French priorite, from medieval Latin prioritas, from Latin ... (19 of 23 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/priority

American Heritage Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

Origin: Middle English priorite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin priōritās, from Latin prior, first; see "prior" [entry 2].

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New World Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

Origin: Middle English priorite from Medieval Latin prioritas

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/priority

Wiktionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

Origin: Old French priorite, from Latin prioritas.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/priority

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "priority"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/priority

Macmillan American Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "priority"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/priority

Macmillan British Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "priority"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/priority

Cambridge Dictionary:

priority

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "priority"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "priority"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/priority

the Free Dictionary:

priority

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "priority"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "priority"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "priority" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/priority

Google Dictionary:

priority | priorities [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "priority"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

priority

Audio: North American pronunciation of "priority"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=priori​03 word=priority

YourDictionary Audio:

priority

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "priority" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/priority

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