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.
to wish or feel inclined: For this stir-fry you can skip the cashews if you prefer.
- pre·fer·red·ly [pri-fur-id-lee, -furd-lee], /prɪˈfɜr ɪd li, -ˈfɜrd li/, adverb
- pre·fer·red·ness, noun
- pre·fer·rer, noun
- un·pre·ferred, adjective
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How to use prefer in a sentence
Flatly put, people prefer and trust organic links over paid ads.Five reasons why SEO should be prioritized over paid media campaigns | Ryan Gould | September 4, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Most coyotes — even ones that live in cities — prefer wild prey, he says.
When we brought you the new taste of Coke, we knew that millions would prefer it.
Euclid doesn’t even name the Pythagorean Theorem we all learn in school after Pythagoras, preferring just to state it plainly.Why Mathematicians Should Stop Naming Things After Each Other - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Laura Ball | September 2, 2020 | Nautilus
Analysts says Beijing preferred to partner the Pakistan military to guarantee projects are completed, bypassing the democratically elected federal and state governments.Pakistan’s Military Plots Takeover of Marquee China Project | Charu Kasturi | August 31, 2020 | Ozy
What they found was that most people preferred to work with the lovable fool rather than the competent jerk.
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 | THE 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.
He was contemporary with Milton, and preferred before him by critics of the day, but has now sunk into oblivion.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
As for him, he much preferred the darkness of his cool, damp galleries under the ground.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
Though by birth duke of St. Cloud, he preferred the ecclesiastical state to political distinction.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
It is the place only where Spain is commended, and preferred before England itself.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Jenner's stain, which gives a somewhat similar picture, is preferred by many for differential counting of leukocytes.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for prefer
(when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to like better or value more highly: I 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
- preferrer, noun
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