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pre·fer

 (prĭ-fûr′)
tr.v. pre·ferred, pre·fer·ring, pre·fers
1. To choose or be in the habit of choosing as more desirable or as having more value: prefers coffee to tea.
2. Law
a. To give priority or precedence to (a creditor).
b. To present (a charge) against a defendant before a court: prefer an indictment.
c. To present (a case) to a court as ready for consideration: prefer the case for trial.
3. Archaic To recommend for advancement or appointment; promote.

[Middle English preferren, from Old French preferer, from Latin praeferre : prae-, pre- + ferre, to carry; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

pre·fer′rer n.

prefer

(prɪˈfɜː)
vb, -fers, -ferring or -ferred
1. (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to like better or value more highly: I prefer to stand.
2. (Law) law to give preference, esp to one creditor over others
3. (Law) (esp of the police) to put (charges) before a court, judge, magistrate, etc, for consideration and judgment
4. (tr; often passive) to advance in rank over another or others; promote
[C14: from Latin praeferre to carry in front, prefer, from prae in front + ferre to bear]
preˈferrer n
Usage: Normally, to is used after prefer and preferable, not than: I prefer Brahms to Tchaikovsky; a small income is preferable to no income at all. However, than or rather than should be used to link infinitives: I prefer to walk than/rather than to catch the train

pre•fer

(prɪˈfɜr)

v.t. -ferred, -fer•ring.
1. to set or hold before or above other persons or things in estimation; like better: I prefer school to work.
2. to give priority to, as to one creditor over another.
3. to put forward or present for consideration or sanction.
4. to put forward or advance, as in rank or office; promote.
Idioms:
prefer charges, to make or place an accusation of misconduct, wrongdoing, etc., against another.
[1350–1400; Middle English preferren < Latin praeferre to bear before, set before, prefer =prae- pre- + ferre to bear1]

prefer

If you prefer one person or thing to another, you like the first one better.

I prefer art to sports.
She preferred cooking at home to eating in restaurants.

Be Careful!
Don't use any preposition except to in sentences like these. Don't say, for example 'I prefer art than sports'.

Prefer is rather formal. In ordinary conversation, you often use expressions such as like...better and would ratherÉ instead. For example, instead of saying 'I prefer football to tennis', you can say 'I like football better than tennis'. Instead of saying 'I'd prefer an apple', you can say 'I'd rather have an apple'.

prefer


Past participle: preferred
Gerund: preferring

Imperative
prefer
prefer
Present
I prefer
you prefer
he/she/it prefers
we prefer
you prefer
they prefer
Preterite
I preferred
you preferred
he/she/it preferred
we preferred
you preferred
they preferred
Present Continuous
I am preferring
you are preferring
he/she/it is preferring
we are preferring
you are preferring
they are preferring
Present Perfect
I have preferred
you have preferred
he/she/it has preferred
we have preferred
you have preferred
they have preferred
Past Continuous
I was preferring
you were preferring
he/she/it was preferring
we were preferring
you were preferring
they were preferring
Past Perfect
I had preferred
you had preferred
he/she/it had preferred
we had preferred
you had preferred
they had preferred
Future
I will prefer
you will prefer
he/she/it will prefer
we will prefer
you will prefer
they will prefer
Future Perfect
I will have preferred
you will have preferred
he/she/it will have preferred
we will have preferred
you will have preferred
they will have preferred
Future Continuous
I will be preferring
you will be preferring
he/she/it will be preferring
we will be preferring
you will be preferring
they will be preferring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been preferring
you have been preferring
he/she/it has been preferring
we have been preferring
you have been preferring
they have been preferring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been preferring
you will have been preferring
he/she/it will have been preferring
we will have been preferring
you will have been preferring
they will have been preferring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been preferring
you had been preferring
he/she/it had been preferring
we had been preferring
you had been preferring
they had been preferring
Conditional
I would prefer
you would prefer
he/she/it would prefer
we would prefer
you would prefer
they would prefer
Past Conditional
I would have preferred
you would have preferred
he/she/it would have preferred
we would have preferred
you would have preferred
they would have preferred
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.prefer - like better; value more highly; "Some people prefer camping to staying in hotels"; "We prefer sleeping outside"
like - find enjoyable or agreeable; "I like jogging"; "She likes to read Russian novels"
2.prefer - select as an alternative over another; "I always choose the fish over the meat courses in this restaurant"; "She opted for the job on the East coast"
cop out, opt out - choose not to do something, as out of fear of failing; "She copped out when she was supposed to get into the hang glider"
3.prefer - promote over another; "he favors his second daughter"
elevate, kick upstairs, promote, upgrade, advance, raise - give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work"
advantage - give an advantage to; "This system advantages the rich"
4.prefer - give preference to one creditor over another
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
pay - give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"

prefer

verb
1. like better, favour, go for, pick, select, adopt, fancy, opt for, single out, plump for, incline towards, be partial to Do you prefer a particular sort of music?
2. choose, elect, opt for, pick, wish, desire, would rather, would sooner, incline towards I prefer to go on self-catering holidays.

prefer

verb
To show partiality toward (someone):
Idiom: play favorites.
Translations
يُفَضِّلُيُفَضِّل
dát přednostpreferovat
foretrække
pitää parempana
preferirati
előnyben részesítjobban szeretszeret: jobban szeretszívesebben tesz
vilja heldur
・・・の方を好む
선호하다
labiau norėti/mėgtilabiau pageidautinas
dot priekšroku
dať prednosť
raje imeti
föredra
ชอบมากกว่า
thích hơn

prefer

[prɪˈfɜːʳ]
A. VT
1. (= like better) → preferir (to a) she prefers coffee to teaprefiere el café al té
which do you prefer?¿cuál prefieres?, ¿cuál te gusta más?
I preferred it the way it waslo prefería tal como estaba
"qualifications preferred but not essential""ser titulado es una ventaja pero no un requisito"
to prefer doing sthpreferir hacer algo
I prefer walking to going by carprefiero ir andando or (LAm) caminando a ir en coche
I'd prefer it if you didn't come with mepreferiría que no vinieras conmigo
I much prefer ScotlandEscocia me gusta mucho más
to prefer thatpreferir que + subjun
we'd prefer that this visit be kept confidentialpreferimos que esta visita se mantenga en secreto
to prefer to do sthpreferir hacer algo
"will you do it?" - "I'd prefer not to"-¿lo harás? -preferiría no hacerlo
he may prefer to discuss it with friends rather than with his familypuede que prefiera hablarlo con amigos a hacerlo con su familia
to prefer sb to do sthpreferir que algn haga algo
would you prefer me to drive?¿preferirías que condujera yo?
2. (Jur)
to prefer charges (against sb)presentar cargos (contra algn)
our client may decide to prefer charges of assaultpuede que nuestro cliente decida presentar cargos por agresión
3. (esp Rel) (= promote) → ascender; (= appoint) → nombrar
he was preferred to the see of Toledolo nombraron arzobispo de Toledo
B. VIpreferir
as you prefercomo usted quieracomo usted prefiera
if you prefer, we could leave it till tomorrowsi usted quiere or lo prefiere, lo podemos dejar para mañana

prefer

[prɪˈfɜːr] vt
(= like better) → préférer
Does he prefer a particular sort of music? → Est-ce qu'il préfère une musique en particulier?
Which would you prefer? → Lequel préfères-tu?
Would you prefer tea or coffee? → Vous préférez du thé ou du café?
to prefer sth to sth → préférer qch à qch
I prefer coffee to tea → Je préfère le café au thé.
I prefer French to chemistry → Je préfère le français à la chimie.
I prefer painting to drawing → Je préfère la peinture au dessin.
to prefer doing sth → préférer faire qch
He says he prefers going to the theatre alone → Il dit qu'il préfère aller au théâtre tout seul.
Bob prefers painting original pieces to making reproductions → Bob préfère peindre des œuvres originales plutôt que faire des reproductions.
to prefer to do sth → préférer faire qch
I prefer to eat out with friends → Je préfère sortir manger avec des amis.
I'd prefer to go by train → Je préférerais y aller en train.
to prefer sb to do sth
I'd prefer him to go to university → Je préférerais qu'il aille à l'université.
(LAW) to prefer charges → procéder à une inculpation

prefer

vt
(= like better)vorziehen (to dat), lieber mögen (to als); applicant, solutionvorziehen, bevorzugen; (= be more fond of) personlieber haben (to als); he prefers coffee to teaer trinkt lieber Kaffee als Tee; he prefers blondes/hot countrieser bevorzugt Blondinen/warme Länder; I prefer it that wayes ist mir lieber so; which (of them) do you prefer? (of people)wen ziehen Sie vor?; (emotionally) → wen mögen or haben Sie lieber?; (of things)welche(n, s) ziehen Sie vor or finden Sie besser?; (= find more pleasing)welche(r, s) gefällt Ihnen besser?; I’d prefer something less ornateich hätte lieber etwas Schlichteres; to prefer to do somethingetw lieber tun, es vorziehen, etw zu tun; I prefer to resign rather than …eher kündige ich, als dass …; I prefer walking (to cycling)ich gehe lieber zu Fuß(, als mit dem Fahrrad zu fahren); I prefer flyingich fliege lieber; I prefer not to sayich sage es lieber nicht; would you prefer me to drive?soll ich lieber fahren?; I would prefer you to do it today or that you did it todaymir wäre es lieber, wenn Sie es heute täten
(Jur) to prefer charges (against somebody)(gegen jdn) klagen, Klage (gegen jdn) einreichen or erheben
(esp Eccl: = promote) → befördern; the bishop was preferred to the archbishopric of Yorkdem Bischof wurde die Würde eines Erzbischofs von York verliehen

prefer

[prɪˈfɜːʳ] vt
a.preferire
to prefer coffee to tea → preferire il caffè al tè
I prefer walking to going by car → preferisco camminare piuttosto che andare in macchina
I prefer to stay home → preferisco restare a casa
b. (Law) (charges, complaint) → sporgere (000) (action) → intentare

prefer

(priˈfəː) past tense, past participle preˈferred verb
to like better. Which do you prefer – tea or coffee?; I prefer reading to watching television; She would prefer to come with you rather than stay here.
ˈpreferable (ˈpre-) adjective
more desirable. Is it preferable to write or make a telephone call?
ˈpreferably adverb
ˈpreference (ˈpre-) noun
(a) choice of, or (a) liking for, one thing rather than another. He likes most music but he has a preference for classical music.

I prefer apples to (not than) oranges.
preferable, adjective, is spelt with -r-.
preference, noun, is spelt with -r-.
preferred and preferring are spelt with -rr-.

prefer

يُفَضِّلُ preferovat foretrække bevorzugen προτιμώ preferir pitää parempana préférer preferirati preferire ・・・の方を好む 선호하다 verkiezen foretrekke woleć preferir предпочитать föredra ชอบมากกว่า tercih etmek thích hơn 更喜欢

prefer

v. preferir, seleccionar.
References in classic literature ?
If he prefers that the other be a woman, that is because he believes that a woman will be gentle, that she will under- stand.
Clear old prime Nantucket water; which, when three years afloat, the Nantucketer, in the Pacific, prefers to drink before the brackish fluid, but yesterday rafted off in casks, from the Peruvian or Indian streams.
The student does not live in the college buildings, but hires his own lodgings, in any locality he prefers, and he takes his meals when and where he pleases.
Anybody can find the sort he prefers, here, and he just lets the others alone, and they let him alone.
It was rumored that her elaborately curled "front piece" had cost five dollars, and that it was sent into Portland twice a year to be dressed and frizzed; but it is extremely difficult to discover the precise facts in such cases, and a conscientious historian always prefers to warn a too credulous reader against imbibing as gospel truth something that might be the basest perversion of it.
But, in spite of all her friends' urgency, and her own wish of seeing Ireland, Miss Fairfax prefers devoting the time to you and Mrs.
Rochester evidently prefers her to any of the other ladies.
It would be better for them to buy the goods at once, without this ceremony of inspection; for, when we go to see a kitchen fender and meat-screen, Dora sees a Chinese house for Jip, with little bells on the top, and prefers that.
Erskine," added Trefusis, lowering his voice, and turning to the poet, "you are wrong to take part with hucksters and money-hunters against your own nature, even though the attack upon them is led by a man who prefers photography to etching.
King Armanos heard the princess with surprise and admiration, then, turning to Camaralzaman, he said, "My son, as your wife, the Princess Badoura (whom I have hitherto looked on as my son-in-law), consents to share your hand and affections with my daughter, I have only to ask if this marriage is agreeable to you, and if you will consent to accept the crown which the Princess Badoura deserves to wear all her life, but which she prefers to resign for love of you.
Between the depravity of certain liaisons and a sincere love, a man of honor and no fortune will not hesitate: he prefers the misfortunes of virtue to the evils of vice.
There is one in particular which he prefers in his journeys, large enough to hold all the world.