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prioritize

[prahy-awr-i-tahyz, -or-] /praɪˈɔr ɪˌtaɪz, -ˈɒr-/
verb (used with object), prioritized, prioritizing.
1.
to arrange or do in order of priority:
learning to prioritize our assignments.
2.
to give a high priority to.
verb (used without object), prioritized, prioritizing.
3.
to organize or deal with something according to its priority.
Also, especially British, prioritise.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; priorit(y) + -ize
Related forms
prioritization, noun
reprioritization, noun
reprioritize, verb (used with object), reprioritized, reprioritizing.
Usage note
See -ize.
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  • He has been accused of prioritizing his own fame over the quality of excavations.
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  • The criteria for prioritizing sites are unflinchingly pragmatic.
  • But the idea of prioritizing species and abandoning some to extinction rankles many conservationists.
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  • 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

prioritize

/praɪˈɒrɪˌtaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to arrange (items to be attended to) in order of their relative importance
2.
to give priority to or establish as a priority
Derived Forms
prioritization, prioritisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for prioritizing

prioritize

v.

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

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