priority

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Priority is on the Academic Word List.

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priority

Plural
priorities

  1. (countable) A priority is something that is important; you want to do it first or spend more time or money on it than other things.
    Learning the language is a high priority for all people who move to the country.
    The nineteen national priority areas will receive 70 per cent of the funding.
  2. (uncountable) If something has or is given priority, it should go before other things.
    The Government needs to give a higher priority to the quality of life.
    Teachers need to give priority to science over less important subjects.

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