prioritypri·or·i·ty /praɪˈɒrəti-ˈɔːr-/ noun (plural priorities) [countableC] 1the thing that is more important than anything else, and that needs attention first
Cost-cutting measures continue to be thefirst priority at the company.
The measures dominated Finland’s economic priorities.
A free-trade pact with Mexico should be atop priority.
2be given/have/get/take/ priority to be considered more important or needing more attention than anything else and therefore dealt with first
Workers accepting redundancy will have priority for jobs elsewhere at G.M.
American Express cardholders will be given priority booking at Forte hotels.
Criminal cases take priority over civil suits.