Eliza prioritizes her groceries by putting away the refrigerated items first.
When you do the most important tasks first and then continue on to tasks of lesser importance, this is an example of a situation where you prioritize.
transitive verb-·tized·, -·tiz·ing
- to arrange (items) in order of priority
- to assign (an item) to a particular level of priority
verbpri·or·i·tized, pri·or·i·tiz·ing, pri·or·i·tiz·es
- To arrange or deal with in order of importance.
- To treat or consider as of greater importance than other matters: economic policies that prioritize job creation.
Origin of prioritizepriorit(y) -ize
Usage Note: Like many verbs ending in -ize, prioritize has been tainted by association with corporate and bureaucratic jargon. Even though the word still does not sit well with some, it should be considered standard. In our 2008 survey, two-thirds of the Usage Panel accepted it in the sentence Overwhelmed with work, the lawyer was forced to prioritize his caseload. Barely half of the Panel accepted this same sentence in 1997. Acceptance may have increased not simply from familiarity but from usefulness, as there is no exact synonym. See Usage Note at finalize.
(third-person singular simple present prioritizes, present participle prioritizing, simple past and past participle prioritized)
From priority +"Ž -ize.