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pri•or•i•ty



Pronunciation: (prī-ôr'i-tē, -or'-), [key]
n.,
pl. -ties for 2–4.

1. the state or quality of being earlier in time, occurrence, etc.
2. the right to precede others in order, rank, privilege, etc.; precedence.
3. the right to take precedence in obtaining certain supplies, services, facilities, etc., esp. during a shortage.
4. something given special attention.

adj.
highest or higher in importance, rank, privilege, etc.: a priority task.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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