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priority

1 noun
     
pri‧or‧i‧ty1 S2 W2 plural priorities
1 [uncountable and countable] the thing that you think is most important and that needs attention before anything else:
The club's priority is to win the League.
first/top/main priority
The children are our first priority.
After several burglaries in the area, security is now a high priority (=very important and needing attention soon).
With so little money available, repairs must remain a low priority (=not important and not needing attention soon).
The customer is high on our list of priorities.
List your tasks in order of priority (=most important first).
2 [uncountable] the right to be given attention first and before other people or things
priority over
Buses should have priority over other road users.
A young person who has finished the course will be given priority over one who has not.
I want to start work on the garden but the house must take priority.
3

get your priorities right

also get your priorities straight American English to know what is most important and needs attention first:
We need to get our priorities right.

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