prefer

verb
pre·​fer | \ pri-ˈfər \
preferred; preferring

Definition of prefer

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from prefer

preferrer noun

Examples of prefer in a Sentence

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?
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Heat lover consumed 2,500 mg less salt a day and had lower blood pressure than those who preferred milder fare, per a study in the journal Hypertension. Aviva Patz And Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "10 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure," 20 Aug. 2018 Those who'd prefer not to attempt to capture the bat themselves can contact a bat and wildlife removal service. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan health officials see uptick in bats with rabies," 3 July 2018 Voters whose preferred candidate wins always see the election as more legitimate than those whose candidate lost. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 2018 Last season, Humphreys led the Sea Kings in receiving yards (1,100) and touchdowns (16), while playing wide receiver opposite of TaeVeon Le (preferred walk-on at Stanford). Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "CdM’s John Humphreys a person of interest for college football recruiters," 12 July 2018 The equity offerings come to $1.1 billion in common stock and $500,000 in preferred stock. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sempra makes $1.6B stock offering to wrap up Oncor acquisition," 10 July 2018 The 25-year-old Brazilian international has also been a key figure in his national team - being the Seleção's preferred goalkeeper over Manchester City's Ederson. SI.com, "Roma Director Confirms 'No Bids Have Been Made' for Chelsea, Liverpool & Real Madrid Target," 8 July 2018 Thirty percent of those surveyed supported McSally, 28 percent backed Ward and 21 percent preferred Arpaio. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "At 86, Joe Arpaio's Senate run worries GOP voters. His response: Age doesn’t mean anything," 6 July 2018 Philadelphia was not anyone’s preferred destination. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Sixers weren't ready for LeBron James or Paul George | Marcus Hayes," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of prefer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prefer

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

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More Definitions for prefer

prefer

verb

English Language Learners 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

prefer

verb
pre·​fer | \ pri-ˈfər \
preferred; preferring

Kids Definition of prefer

: to like better than another or others She prefers chocolate ice cream.
pre·​fer | \ pri-ˈfər \
preferred; preferring

Legal Definition of prefer

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