MGM execs declined to speak on the record for this article, preferring to keep a low profile.
He hated actually dealing with business matters, preferring to play the role of the likable artiste.
To date, he has seemed reluctant to choose a side in the argument, preferring instead to float above the fray.
The Democrats had won with big margins and Wilson operated more like a prime minister, preferring to work with his own party.
They really eschewed the Jockey Club, preferring to hang out at Café Milano.
They eat his flesh, preferring it to that of the wild horse.
There are other obvious reasons for preferring the latter mode.
preferring the loss of Milan to a possible annihilation of the army, Radetzky fell back upon Verona.
I don't blame Phillida for not caring for me except as a cousin, or for preferring you.
This it is which makes him scornful even when he thinks of the men whom the Corinthians are preferring to himself.
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.