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. Emeasoba George:

    A slack hand causes poverty. But the hand of the diligent makes rich (Proverbs 10:4). That is what the scripture says. So, it is up to you. Do you prefer to keep to your pride and then end up achieving nothing? Or are you ready to swallow your pride and then emerge a success eventually? The choice is always yours. But, never forget. The collision of preparation and opportunity is what generates an offspring called genuine success. -Emeasoba George

  2. John Thune:

    I don't know how many times you can say this but I prefer the president would stay off Twitter - particularly with regard to those important national security issues.

  3. Paul. F. Meekin:

    The older I get, the more I just prefer to sleep.

  4. Elon Musk:

    I actually just prefer to have no titles at all.

  5. Bong Joon-Ho:

    I really respect films that deal with heavy political issues very seriously but I much prefer to mix that with humor, while they're laughing I want them to be hit like a hidden blade behind their pocket when they're not expecting it.

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