verb (used with object), pre·ferred, pre·fer·ring.
Origin of prefer
Examples from the Web for preferred
They preferred having an independent arbitrator in place to hear any and all appeals.
According to Swiss press reports, younger cats in the litter are the most tender and, as such, are the preferred cat cuts.Will the Swiss Quit Cooking their Kittens and Puppies?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Silence was clearly the preferred strategy of Republican candidates up and down the ballot.
Clients supply transportation, lodging, and ingredients, including the preferred strain of ganja.
The poll was dismissed by Republicans—who preferred the more favorable results shown in Election Day exit polling.Asian Americans Are The Country’s Fastest Growing Swing Vote|Tim Mak|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He would have preferred to discuss something more personal than his mining affairs.For the Allinson Honor|Harold Bindloss
He said he could give me camels, but I preferred a hackery as I might be able to sit on it if my pony broke down.
He preferred Madeline to Cowcross Street with all its delights.Orley Farm|Anthony Trollope
I would have preferred to remain silent about the actions of which I have told.My Attainment of the Pole|Frederick A. Cook
Jakin and Lew were attached to the Band as supernumeraries, though they would much have preferred being company buglers.Soldiers Three, Part II.|Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for preferred
verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred
Word Origin for prefer
Word Origin and History for preferred
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.