like better; value more highly
"Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels"; "We prefer sleeping outside"
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"
prefer, favor, favour(verb)
promote over another
"he favors his second daughter"
give preference to one creditor over another
To advance, promote (someone).
To be in the habit of choosing something rather than something else; to favor; to like better.
I prefer tea to coffee.
To present or submit (something) to an authority (now usually in "to prefer charges").
To put forward for acceptance; to introduce, recommend (to).
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
to go before, or be before, in estimation; to outrank; to surpass
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
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
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. præferre—præ, before, ferre, to bear.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'prefer' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2908
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'prefer' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1837
Rank popularity for the word 'prefer' in Verbs Frequency: #304
The numerical value of prefer in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of prefer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of prefer in a Sentence
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
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.
The older I get, the more I just prefer to sleep.
I actually just prefer to have no titles at all.
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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- аддаваць перавагу, аддаць перавагуBelarusian
- preferovat, dát přednost, upřednostňovatCzech
- vorziehen, bevorzugen, präferierenGerman
- ترجیح دادنPersian
- pitää parempanaFinnish
- is fearr leIrish
- पसंद करते हैंHindi
- szívesebben tesz, jobban szeret, előnyben részesítHungarian
- lebih sukaIndonesian
- addīcō, maloLatin
- verkiezen, voorkeur gevenDutch
- предпочитать, предпочестьRussian
- föredraga, föredraSwedish
- ชอบ, มากกว่าThai
- کو ترجیح دیتے ہیںUrdu
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