Definition of prefer
- prefers sports to reading
- prefers to watch TV
- won't prefer charges
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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: to like (someone or something) better than someone or something else
law : to make (a charge) against someone in a court of law
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