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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for prioritize
  • We fill a unique need by helping prioritize and efficiently manage repairs that increase home values.
  • Then you should prioritize those conditions that you want to negotiate.
  • When the government owns the printing press, it probably is not going to prioritize the publication of dissenting views.
  • It would not let you prioritize or create the links between events that give them meaning.
  • Governments want to know where the messes are so they can prioritize cleanups.
  • If there was ever a time to prioritize this type of response to hunger, it is now.
  • Ability to prioritize work responsibilities, adapt to changing duties, and to work independently.
  • If not, you'd better start to prioritize the worth of lives going from one to six billion.
  • And to make a simple suggestion concerning a path for action: prioritize measures with collateral benefits.
  • Authorities can prioritize use of the network for emergency personnel.
British Dictionary definitions for prioritize


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 prioritize

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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