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[prahy-awr-i-tahyz, -or-] /praɪˈɔr ɪˌtaɪz, -ˈɒr-/
verb (used with object), prioritized, prioritizing.
to arrange or do in order of priority:
learning to prioritize our assignments.
to give a high priority to.
verb (used without object), prioritized, prioritizing.
to organize or deal with something according to its priority.
Also, especially British, prioritise.
1965-70; priorit(y) + -ize
Related forms
prioritization, noun
reprioritization, noun
reprioritize, verb (used with object), reprioritized, reprioritizing.
Usage note
See -ize. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prioritizing
  • He has been accused of prioritizing his own fame over the quality of excavations.
  • As part of the process of mapping and prioritizing issues, there is a lot of discussion.
  • The criteria for prioritizing sites are unflinchingly pragmatic.
  • But the idea of prioritizing species and abandoning some to extinction rankles many conservationists.
  • Say, since they have no context for prioritizing the importance of the information spewing forth.
  • Sorting and prioritizing is necessary, but a measure based on immediate monetary payoff is too limiting.
  • prioritizing and cutting spending is an important part of balancing the budget, but so is raising revenue.
  • prioritizing and cutting spending needs to be part of balancing the budget but does increasing revenue.
  • Economics is about prioritizing your time and resources, not by paying inflated prices to move gravel around.
  • Not only do they insist on prioritizing themselves, but they also insist on rationalizations.
British Dictionary definitions for prioritizing


verb (transitive)
to arrange (items to be attended to) in order of their relative importance
to give priority to or establish as a priority
Derived Forms
prioritization, prioritisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for prioritizing



1972, apparently coined during the U.S. presidential contest that year, from root of priority + -ize. Related: Prioritized; prioritizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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