- to set or hold before or above other persons or things in estimation; like better; choose rather than: to prefer beef to chicken.
- Law. to give priority, as to one creditor over another.
- to put forward or present (a statement, suit, charge, etc.) for consideration or sanction.
- to put forward or advance, as in rank or office; promote: to be preferred for advancement.
Origin of prefer
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Examples from the Web for prefer
This final episode of Extras is the perfect Christmastime escape for those who prefer the bittersweet to the saccharine.The Top 10 Nontraditional Christmas TV Episodes
December 25, 2014
We prefer to wave away the warning signs; like The Interview, Mulholland Drive was comfortably downplayed as over-the-top satire.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack
December 19, 2014
Both are offering original programing designed to be viewed however you prefer—one episode at a time or all at once.Binge Watching is the New Bonding Time
The Daily Beast
December 10, 2014
Note: If you prefer cookies thin and crisp, bake them straight from the mixing bowl.Make These Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
November 28, 2014
Such messages are unlikely to be beloved of secularists who prefer to scoff at the religious rather than engage with them.Extreme Weather? Blame the End Times
November 28, 2014
It may be that he can prefer thee to some post about the minster.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
It is on Mr. Haley's account that I prefer to keep it secret.Brave and Bold
Other things being equal, people of six prefer that man who is tallest.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
You wadna have me to believe, Captain Smith, that the lady does not prefer you to him?
Shall I sing the chorus now or would you prefer to hear it later.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to like better or value more highlyI prefer to stand
- law to give preference, esp to one creditor over others
- (esp of the police) to put (charges) before a court, judge, magistrate, etc, for consideration and judgment
- (tr; often passive) to advance in rank over another or others; promote
Word Origin and History for prefer
late 14c., "to put forward or advance in rank or fortune, to promote," from Old French preferer (14c.) and directly from Latin praeferre "place or set before, carry in front," from prae "before" (see pre-) + ferre "to carry, to place" (see infer). Meaning "to esteem (something) more than others" also is recorded from late 14c. Original sense in English is preserved in preferment.