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Definition of "prefer" []

  • To choose or be in the habit of choosing as more desirable or as having more value: prefers coffee to tea. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To give priority or precedence to (a creditor). (verb-transitive)
  • Law To file, prosecute, or offer for consideration or resolution before a magistrate, court, or other legal authority: preferred the suit in a higher court. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To recommend for advancement or appointment; promote. (verb-transitive)
  • To like better or value more highly (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To give preference, esp to one creditor over others (verb)
  • (esp of the police) to put (charges) before a court, judge, magistrate, etc, for consideration and judgment (verb)
  • To advance in rank over another or others; promote (verb)

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Use "prefer" in a sentence
  • "The Esquimaux prefer it raw in these parts of the world (although some travellers assert that in more southern latitudes they prefer cooked meat), and with good reason, for it is much more nourishing than cooked flesh; and learned, scientific men, who have wintered in the Arctic regions, have distinctly stated that in those cold countries they found raw meat to be better for them than cooked meat, and they assure us that they at last came to _prefer_ it!"
  • "The Esquimaux prefer it raw in these parts of the world (although some travellers assert that in more southern latitudes they prefer cooked meat); and with good reason, for it is much more nourishing than cooked flesh, and learned, scientific men who have wintered in the Arctic Regions have distinctly stated that in those cold countries they found raw meat to be better for them than cooked meat, and they assure us that they at last came to _prefer_ it!"
  • "In time the peoples of Europe will again prefer throwback59"