verb (used with object), pre·ferred, pre·fer·ring.
- prefect apostolic,
- prefecture apostolic,
- preference share,
- preference shares
Origin of prefer
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.
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|James Poulos|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both are offering original programing designed to be viewed however you prefer—one episode at a time or all at once.
Note: If you prefer cookies thin and crisp, bake them straight from the mixing bowl.Make These Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies|Ina Garten|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Such messages are unlikely to be beloved of secularists who prefer to scoff at the religious rather than engage with them.
Me, I prefer to look at hype-flight from the point of view of the service.Next Door, Next World|Robert Donald Locke
Further, it is almost childish to prefer the time-changed colours to the fresh ones.Chats on Japanese Prints|Arthur Davison Ficke
Quarter the apples, or take out the core and leave them whole, as you prefer.The Young Housekeeper's Friend|Mrs. (Mary Hooker) Cornelius
Personally I prefer the habits of India to those of Egypt concerning the departed.A Labrador Doctor|Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
My immediate first impulse is to protest against the inquisitor and to prefer the merchant who comes to offer me his wares.Tragic Sense Of Life|Miguel de Unamuno
verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred
Word Origin 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.