What does prefer mean?

Definitions for prefer
prɪˈfɜrpre·fer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prefer(verb)

    like better; value more highly

    "Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels"; "We prefer sleeping outside"

  2. choose, prefer, opt(verb)

    select as an alternative over another

    "I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant"; "She opted for the job on the East coast"

  3. prefer, favor, favour(verb)

    promote over another

    "he favors his second daughter"

  4. prefer(verb)

    give preference to one creditor over another

Wiktionary

  1. prefer(Verb)

    To advance, promote (someone).

  2. prefer(Verb)

    To be in the habit of choosing something rather than something else; to favor; to like better.

    I prefer tea to coffee.

  3. prefer(Verb)

    To present or submit (something) to an authority (now usually in "to prefer charges").

  4. prefer(Verb)

    To put forward for acceptance; to introduce, recommend (to).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prefer(verb)

    to carry or bring (something) forward, or before one; hence, to bring for consideration, acceptance, judgment, etc.; to offer; to present; to proffer; to address; -- said especially of a request, prayer, petition, claim, charge, etc

  2. Prefer(verb)

    to go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to surpass

  3. Prefer(verb)

    to cause to go before; hence, to advance before others, as to an office or dignity; to raise; to exalt; to promote; as, to prefer an officer to the rank of general

  4. Prefer(verb)

    to set above or before something else in estimation, favor, or liking; to regard or honor before another; to hold in greater favor; to choose rather; -- often followed by to, before, or above

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prefer

    prē-fėr′, v.t. to esteem above another: to regard or hold in higher estimation: to choose or select before others: to promote: to exalt: to offer or present, as a request: to bring forward for consideration: to place in advance:—pr.p. prefer′ring; pa.t. and pa.p. preferred′.ns. Preferabil′ity, Pref′erableness.—adj. Pref′erable, worthy to be preferred or chosen: more desirable or excellent: of better quality.—adv. Pref′erably, by choice: in preference.—n. Pref′erence, the act of preferring: estimation above another: the state of being preferred: that which is preferred: choice.—adj. Preferential (pref-ėr-en′shal), having a preference.—adv. Preferen′tially.—ns. Prefer′ment, the act of preferring: the state of being preferred or advanced: advancement to a higher position: promotion: superior place, esp. in the church; Prefer′rer, one who prefers.—Preference shares, or stock, shares or stock on which the dividends must be paid before those on other kinds. [Fr. préférer—L. præferrepræ, before, ferre, to bear.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prefer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2908

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prefer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1837

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prefer' in Verbs Frequency: #304

How to pronounce prefer?

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How to say prefer in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prefer in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prefer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of prefer in a Sentence

  1. Chief Tim McConnell:

    We prefer people to not be out here when this thing happens, its a dangerous operation.

  2. Jason Richardson:

    Even though there is such a thing as systematic doping out there, I would just hate to believe there are some who are not doping who are going to be penalized, i would prefer more of an investigation on an individual basis.

  3. Trisha Torrey:

    For providers you don’t have to see often, or those who you are only seeing one time, like for a second opinion, then you might be a little more forgiving on their inability to communicate in the style you prefer, learn what you can from them, return if you have further questions, but know you can get the other aspects that are important from someone you’ll be seeing for a longer term, or more important reason.

  4. Donald Trump:

    An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media, some areas will be all concrete but the experts at Border Patrol prefer a Wall that is see through( thereby making Border Patrol possible to see what is happening on both sides). Makes sense to me !

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Ducks are sweet, crows are intelligent; but I prefer dolphins because they are both sweet and intelligent.

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