When a group or a person cares about one thing over all others, that’s the top priority. “After the flood, finding a place to live became their first priority.”

Priority comes from the word prior, which means to come before something else. A priority is the concern, interest or desire that comes before all others. “His first priority was to establish his career and get married later.” “When seeking the perfect wave, Jeff and Wayne made it their priority to be the first surfers on the beach.” "The new CEO's top priority was firing her predecessor's hires."

Definitions of priority
  1. noun
    status established in order of importance or urgency
    “national independence takes priority over class struggle”
    synonyms: precedence, precedency
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    back burner
    reduced priority
    front burner
    top priority
    type of:
    high status
    a position of superior status
  2. noun
    preceding in time
    synonyms: antecedence, antecedency, anteriority, precedence, precedency
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    posteriority, subsequence, subsequentness
    following in time
    type of:
    quality of coming early or earlier in time
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