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prefer

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verb, pre·fer \pri-ˈfər\

Simple Definition of prefer

  • : to like (someone or something) better than someone or something else

  • law : to make (a charge) against someone in a court of law

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prefer

preferredpreferring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to promote or advance to a rank or position

  3. 2 :  to like better or best <prefers sports to reading> <prefers to watch TV>

  4. 3 :  to give (a creditor) priority

  5. 4 archaic :  to put or set forward or before someone :  recommend

  6. 5 :  to bring or lay against someone <won't prefer charges>

  7. 6 :  to bring forward or lay before one for consideration

preferrer noun

Examples of prefer in a sentence

  1. Some people like vanilla ice cream, but I prefer chocolate.

  2. She tends to prefer small college campuses.

  3. I prefer this dictionary because of its helpful examples.

  4. Which one is the preferred alternative?

  5. What is the preferred pronunciation of her name?



Origin of prefer

Middle English preferren, from Anglo-French preferrer, from Latin praeferre to put before, prefer, from prae- + ferre to carry — more at bear


First Known Use: 14th century


PREFER Defined for Kids

prefer

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verb pre·fer \pri-ˈfər\

Definition of prefer for Students

preferredpreferring

  1. :  to like better than another or others <She prefers chocolate ice cream.>



Word Root of prefer

The Latin word ferre, meaning “to carry” or “to bring,” gives us the root fer. Words from the Latin ferre have something to do with carrying. To transfer is to carry across from one person, place, or condition to another. To confer is to bring something to someone in order to present it. To offer is to bring forth for another to accept or reject. To prefer is to carry a stronger liking for one over another.


Law Dictionary

prefer

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transitive verb pre·fer \pri-ˈfər\

Legal Definition of prefer

preferredpreferring

  1. 1 :  to give (a creditor or debt) priority or preference <any preferred charges such as child support or alimony — In re Smiley, 427 P.2d 179 (1967)>

  2. 2 :  to bring forward for determination; especially :  to bring (a charge) against someone <the various means by which a grand jury might prefer charges — State v. Byrd, 399 S.E.2d 267 (1990)>





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