verb pre·fer \pri-ˈfər\

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

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


Full Definition of PREFER

transitive verb
:  to promote or advance to a rank or position
:  to like better or best <prefers sports to reading> <prefers to watch TV>
:  to give (a creditor) priority
archaic :  to put or set forward or before someone :  recommend
:  to bring or lay against someone <won't prefer charges>
:  to bring forward or lay before one for consideration
pre·fer·rer noun

Examples of PREFER

  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
PREFERRER Defined for Kids


verb pre·fer \pri-ˈfər\

Definition of PREFER for Kids

:  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.


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