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

n status established in order of importance or urgency

“national independence takes priority over class struggle”
precedence, precedency
back burner
reduced priority
front burner
top priority
Type of:
high status
a position of superior status

n preceding in time

antecedence, antecedency, anteriority, precedence, precedency
posteriority, subsequence, subsequentness
following in time
Type of:
quality of coming early or earlier in time

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