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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.
Origin of prioritize
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 prioritization
  • Provides guidance and advocacy regarding prioritization of infrastructure investments that impact privacy and security.
  • Or, maybe that it's our prioritization of multiple merits that is askew.
  • It's either prioritization or cowardice, and more often the latter.
  • What's missing in this sprawling draft is prioritization.
  • Because unless you do, it is a matter or prioritization.
  • There's a limit to payload sizes, so prioritization must be done.
British Dictionary definitions for prioritization


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 prioritization

1973, from prioritize + -ation.



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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