pre·​ferred pri-ˈfərd How to pronounce preferred (audio)
: liked better or best : used or wanted in preference to others
a preferred method
'Leveled' is the preferred spelling in American English.
: having special status or receiving special treatment or benefits
preferred customers

Examples of preferred in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of curating a list of preferred non-profits to support, the platform doubled down on what their users care about. Alexander Puutio, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 White chocolate liqueur: Our preferred brand is Godiva, but any white chocolate liqueur can be used in its place. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 27 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is ready to discuss his preferred 2024 candidates -- and Ramaswamy didn't make the cut. Kelsey Walsh, ABC News, 25 Nov. 2023 That’s because since his preferred candidate, Javier Milei, won Argentina’s presidency two days earlier, the cost of the meat had jumped by five percent, while the street value of the Argentine peso had fallen by 12 percent, hurting his customers’ purchasing power. Lucía Cholakian Herrera, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 Parking: $10 for general parking, $15 for preferred parking. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Nov. 2023 Using the company’s preferred non-GAAP statement of its accounts, net income was RMB622 million ($85.3 million), compared to non-GAAP net profits of RMB187 million in the same period last year. Patrick Frater, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 Climate change is pushing more and more mosquitoes to take humans as their preferred hosts. Sean O'Donnell, Discover Magazine, 20 Nov. 2023 The latter was the preferred subject of his art teacher father, the name Picasso gave to his daughter and the emblem of the 1949 World Peace Congress in Paris. Lisa Johnson, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of preferred was in 1748

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“Preferred.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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