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
Full Definition of prefer
1 : to promote or advance to a rank or position
2 : to like better or best <prefers sports to reading> <prefers to watch TV>
3 : to give (a creditor) priority
4 archaic : to put or set forward or before someone : recommend
5 : to bring or lay against someone <won't prefer charges>
6 : to bring forward or lay before one for consideration
Examples of prefer
Some people like vanilla ice cream, but I prefer chocolate.
She tends to prefer small college campuses.
I prefer this dictionary because of its helpful examples.
Which one is the preferred alternative?
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
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