What does prefer mean?

Definitions for prefer
prɪˈfɜrpre·fer

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prefer.

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

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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. Wendy Eidson:

    The family would prefer to have people know it's just a movie, it's just fiction.

  2. Jason Rabinowitz:

    The technology has finally matured to the point where airlines aren't as apprehensive to pick the latest generation technology, airlines are cost-conscious and they prefer to know it's not going to need replacing in two years.

  3. Health Minister Olivier Veran:

    They take a while to make but they offer security. I prefer that to telling French people to put a scarf around their nose or make a mask from a T-shirt.

  4. Ajay Jadeja:

    But what else can you do? You can't breathe, so you escape for a few days, i prefer to run away for a few days than put in a purifier.

  5. RVM:

    Would you prefer to drag through life for 100 years or live with excitement for 50?

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