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noun priority pronunciation in American English /praɪˈɔrəti/
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  1. 1
    [countable] something important that must be done first or needs more attention than anything else
    We should be able to agree on priorities.
    Being fashionable was low on her list of priorities.
    top/high/main/immediate priority: Health insurance will be our top priority.
    set/establish/identify priorities: discussion groups that set priorities for research
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the importance that you give to something that must be done
      Let’s list them in order of priority.
      give something top/high priority: Safety must be given the highest priority.
      give priority to something: Priority will be given to children of families with low incomes.
      take priority (=be more important): Their marriage took priority over everything else.
      put/place a high priority on: The government is putting a high priority on raising labor standards.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the right to go before someone or something else, or to receive something before they do
    take/have priority: Buses take priority over other vehicles on the road.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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